Wadden Coast

Country/territory: Netherlands

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2000)
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Area: 144,475 ha

Protection status:

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description
An extensive area of coastal waters, extending from the Eems/Dollard estuary and German border in the east across to Groet (Noord-Holland) in the south. The area is adjacent to 11 IBAs (001, 003-004, 006-012, 019). The outer boundary follows roughly the line of 20 metres depth. Important habitats include shallowly submerged sandbanks.

Key biodiversity
The number of Somateria mollissima increased during the winters of 1992/93 and 1993/94 due to food shortage in the Wadden Sea.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wadden Coast. Downloaded from on 22/03/2018.