The site includes all important dune areas along the western part of the Belgian coast and encompasses the saltmarshes and mudflats of the River IJzer estuary. Habitats range from sand-beaches, shifting dunes, fixed dunes with herbaceous vegetation, wet and dry depressions with Lycium barbarum, Salix repens and wooded areas. The site consists of several large zones separated from each other by urbanized areas.
This is an important staging site for migrating passerines. The site supports nationally important numbers of migrating and wintering waders. Galerida cristata breeds at the site (20 pairs, which is 20-25% of the Flemish population).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Westkust. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2020.