De Maatjes, Wuustwezel Heide en Groot Schietveld

Country/territory: Belgium

IBA Criteria met: C7 (2000)
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Area: 4,100 ha


Site description
The site includes arable land, grasslands and marshes (De Maatjes), and heaths and mire habitats in military camps (Groot en Klein Schietveld).

Key biodiversity
An important breeding area for meadow and heathland species, e.g. Limosa limosa (10-20 pairs). It is also a nationally important staging site for migrating passerines, waders, gulls and raptors. The meadows are an important feeding site for the up to 350 Larus melanocephalus and up to 600 Numenius phaeopus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: De Maatjes, Wuustwezel Heide en Groot Schietveld. Downloaded from on 06/10/2022.