An important wetland area including many ponds and marshes and wet woodlands, and covering parts of the Echelbeek, Slangbeek, Roosterbeek and Laambeek.
The IBA is also a breeding and staging site for reedbed species, including Botaurus stellaris.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is severely impacted by the construction of buildings, camping activities, the filling-in of wetlands and the destruction of trees, reedbeds and all other vegetation bordering the fish-ponds. The area is included in the `Ecologisch Impulsgebied', an integrated conservation and development project. 800 ha of IBA covered by proposed Site of Community Importance (Valleien van de Laarbeek, Zonderikbeek, Slangbeek, 2,811 ha).
National Partial International High90 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Kolberg, 90 ha). 100 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ter Donk, 100 ha). 150 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Terlamen, 150 ha). 101 ha of IBA covered by State Nature Reserve (De Platwijers, 101 ha). 2,560 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Vijverkomplex van Midden Limburg, 2,560 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vijverkomplex van Midden Limburg. Downloaded from
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