Drents-Friese Wold & Leggelderveld

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2016 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus LC breeding 2011-2015 8-10 breeding pairs C6
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius LC breeding 2011-2015 22-27 breeding pairs C6
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio LC breeding 2011-2015 36-46 breeding pairs C6
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 2011-2015 143-150 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2016).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2017 near favourable not assessed medium
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Pernis apivorus European Honey-buzzard 8 8 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Dryocopus martius Black Woodpecker 30 22 breeding pairs 74 near favourable
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shrike 20 36 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Lullula arborea Woodlark 110 143 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Not assessed medium
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Vledderhof Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy 108 protected area contained by site 108
Kern Boswachterij Vledderveld Nature Reserve 119 protected area contained by site 119
Drents-Friese Woud National Park 6,130 protected area contained by site 6,130
Drents-Friese Wold & Leggelderveld Natuurbeschermingswet 7,466 protected area contains site 0
Drents-Friese Wold & Leggelderveld Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 6,806 protected area contains site 6,390
Drents-Friese Wold & Leggelderveld Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 7,466 protected area contains site 7,093
Drents-Friese Wold Nationaal Park 5,552 protected area overlaps with site 0
Doldersummer Veld Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy 413 protected area contained by site 426
Bouwersveld Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy 53 protected area contained by site 63
Boswachterij Smilde Nature Reserve 2,471 protected area contained by site 2,471
Boswachterij Appelscha Nature Reserve 1,849 protected area contained by site 1,849
Berkenheuvel Nature Conservation Law 1,000 protected area contained by site 1,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Forestry plantations -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Drents-Friese Wold & Leggelderveld. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.