Ems valley between Leer and Emden

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2002

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC winter 1900-1999 14,520 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC passage 1990 2,110 individuals B1i, C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1990-1999 7,555 individuals B1i, C3
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC breeding 2001 min 32 breeding pairs B3
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 1990 1 breeding pairs C2
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 1990-1999 632 breeding pairs B3, C6
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 1990-1999 1,053 individuals B1i, B2, C2
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT breeding 1990-1999 234 breeding pairs B2
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC resident 1990-1999 266 breeding pairs B2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1960-1999 23,128 individuals A4iii, C4

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Wattenmeer, Ostfriesisches Wattenmeer & Dollart Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 121,620 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Waddensea of Lower Saxony UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 240,000 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Unterems und Außenems Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 7,377 protected area overlaps with site 1,749
Rheiderland Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 8,685 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Petkumer Deichvorland Naturschutzgebiet 170 protected area overlaps with site 157
Nendorper Deichvorland Naturschutzgebiet 115 protected area contained by site 117
Emsmarsch von Leer bis Emden Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 4,019 protected area overlaps with site 722


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ems valley between Leer and Emden. Downloaded from on 27/06/2022.