Country/territory: Belgium

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, C3 (2000)
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Area: 17,000 ha


Site description
A marine area off the west Belgian coast, with sandbanks that are slightly covered by sea water at all times, and mud- and sandflats that are fully exposed at low tide.

Key biodiversity
Other species include passage Phalacrocorax carbo, Sterna sandvicensis, S. hirundo, S. paradisaea, Gavia stellata (winter >150 birds), G. arctica, Sula bassana, Somateria mollissima, Uria aalge, Alca torda and Aythya marila, and wintering Melanitta nigra (1,500-2,000 birds).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nordzee. Downloaded from on 07/10/2022.