Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An area of ponds and canals (former peat-workings), fens, reedbeds, swampy woodland and wet meadows, located to the west of the city of Steenwijk. The site is situated close to site 063, and lies adjacent to De Wieden (065) with which it formed a single site (the former site NL027) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989). Human activities include tourism and commercial reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below).

Key biodiversity
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are posed by commercial reed-harvesting (`Other' threat, above), and by nutrient pollution of wetlands by agricultural and industrial/urban discharges. A compensation scheme is in place for those farmers affected by restrictions on agricultural practices.

Protected areas
National High International High3,115 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Weerribben, 3,115 ha). 3,450 ha of IBA covered by National Park (De Weerribben, 3,450 ha). 3,400 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (De Weerribben, 3,400 ha). 3,400 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (De Weerribben, 3,400 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Weerribben. Downloaded from on 24/01/2022.