Duinen Ameland

Country/territory: Netherlands

IBA Criteria met: A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C4, C6 (2016)
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Area: 2,055 ha

Vogelbescherming Nederland
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 not assessed near favourable medium
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Site description
A 22-km long area of sand-dunes on the eastern side of this barrier island in the Wadden Sea (adjacent to site 001). The width of the dunes varies from 100 m (near the main village) to 1.5 km. Other habitats include saltmarshes (Neerlands Reid), sandflats (De Hon), and intertidal mudflats. The site does not include the villages, extensive touristic facilities, or the grassland polders that are intensively used for dairy farming. Land-uses include natural-gas extraction, groundwater abstraction, hunting (restricted to rabbits), and reed-harvesting. The area lies close to an airfield.

Key biodiversity
The raised saltmarshes are an important spring feeding area for Branta bernicla, and the area is also important as a high-tide roost for tens of thousands of waterbirds which feed in the Wadden Sea.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Duinen Ameland. Downloaded from on 08/12/2021.