IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2000)
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Area: 5,100 ha
Site description (baseline)
A large area of flat and annually (in winter) inundated hay-meadows and grasslands along the IJzer and Handzame rivers. The site includes the Blankaart, a shallow freshwater lake with extensive reedbeds and Salix marshes.
This is an internationally important area for migrating and wintering waders and waterfowl, especially wintering Anas penelope. The site is also nationally important for breeding meadow birds.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: IJzervallei-De Blankaart. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/699 on 01/06/2023.