The area contains remnant fragments of a raised bog (formerly 30,000 ha in extent), and includes pools, peatlands, marshes, swampy Betula forest and Molinia heathland. The site is situated near to Mariapeel en Deurnesepeel (086), north-east of the city of Weert. This site, together with sites 086 and 088, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL056) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).
The site is a roost for Anser fabalis, but counts probably underestimate actual numbers.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include drainage and acidification from surrounding farms.
National High International High900 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (De Groote Peel I, 900 ha). 440 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (De Groote Peel II, 440 ha). 1,024 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Groote Peel, 1,024 ha). 1,300 ha of IBA covered by National Park (De Groote Peel, 1,300 ha). 1,320 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (De Groote Peel, 1,320 ha). 1,320 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (De Groote Peel, 1,320 ha).
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