A stagnant shallow freshwater lake with reedbeds and wet meadows, which was cut off from the Oosterschelde (028) in 1983. It is adjacent to the Zoommeer (029) in the north-west, with the city of Bergen op Zoom at the north-eastern border, and the Schelde-Rhine river connection at the west side. This site, together with sites 028 and 029, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL050) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).
The site is a roost for geese Anser from surrounding feeding areas, but no counts are available.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main problems are nutrient pollution and waste-water discharge. The Ramsar and SPA designations also include the Oosterschelde (028).
National High International High1,700 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Markiezaatsmeer-Zuid, 1,700 ha). 160 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Markiezaatsmeer-Zuid II, 160 ha). 107 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Molenplaat, 107 ha). 1,300 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Markiezaat, 1,300 ha). 1,840 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Oosterschelde, 38,000 ha). 1,840 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Oosterschelde en Markiezaat, 38,000 ha).
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