Wadden Coast

Country/territory: Netherlands

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, C1, C3, C4, C6 (2016)
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Area: 144,475 ha

Vogelbescherming Nederland
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 not assessed very unfavourable medium
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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 (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wadden Coast. Downloaded from on 02/12/2021.