The Flemish part of the Dijle river valley, located south of Leuven, with ponds, marshes, grasslands and woodlands.
The area supports staging and wintering waterfowl and is a breeding and staging site for reedbed species.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is included in the `Ecologisch Impulsgebied', an integrated conservation and development project. Intensive research on the influence of hydrology upon land management is currently carried out. 549 ha of IBA covered by proposed Site of Community Importance (Valleien van de Dijle, Laan en IJsse with forests and swamps, 2,938 ha).
National Low International High70 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Doode Bemde, 70 ha). 1,250 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (De Dijlevallei, 1,250 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: De Dijlevallei. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 15/08/2022.