The site includes arable land, grasslands and marshes (De Maatjes), and heaths and mire habitats in military camps (Groot en Klein Schietveld).
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.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
About 10% of the site is designated as a green area on the physical planning map. 1,770 ha of IBA covered by proposed Site of Community Importance (Klein- en Groot Schietveld, 2,042 ha).
National Low International High10 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Maatjes, 10 ha). 4,100 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (De Maatjes, Wuustwezelheide en Groot Schietveld, 4,100 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: De Maatjes, Wuustwezel Heide en Groot Schietveld. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 26/11/2020.