An area of small ponds and canals (former peat-workings) interspersed with fens, reedbeds, swampy woodland and wet meadows, and located south of the city of Heerenveen, near to De Weerribben (064). Human activities include reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below).
A roost for geese Anser from surrounding feeding areas. Waterbird numbers quoted are rough estimates.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The drainage of neighbouring farmland poses a threat. A compensation scheme is in place for those farmers affected by restrictions on agricultural practices.
National Partial International None459 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Brandemeer, 459 ha). 798 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Rottige Meenthe, 798 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rottige Meenthe and Brandemeer. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 16/05/2021.