IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2016 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator LC winter 2011-2015 391 individuals B2
Gadwall Mareca strepera LC non-breeding 2011-2015 1,143-1,673 individuals B1i, C3
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 2011-2015 1 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2016).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2017 favourable not assessed low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Mareca strepera Gadwall 180 1143 individuals 100 favourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun Unknown low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Zoommeer-Eendracht Natural Monument 218 protected area contained by site 218
Zoommeer Natuurbeschermingswet 1,038 is identical to site 0
Zoommeer Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,046 is identical to site 1,051
Zoommeer Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,175 protected area overlaps with site 1,175


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
water management -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
hunting -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Zoommeer. Downloaded from on 04/12/2023.