Zwarte Meer

Country/territory: Netherlands

IBA Criteria met: A4iii, B1i, B3, C3, C4, C6 (2016)
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Area: 2,161 ha

Vogelbescherming Nederland
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 not assessed favourable low
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Site description
A freshwater lake with extensive reedbeds, bounded in the north by the dyke of Noordoostpolder (reclaimed in 1942) and in the south by the mainland (province of Overijssel). The Zwarte Water river (090) flows into the lake in the north-east corner, and the site is adjacent to Lake Ketelmeer (039) in the west (Ramspol). The north-eastern border is close to De Wieden (065). There is a shipping lane (dredged). This site, together with site 047, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL028) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key biodiversity
This is an important roost for geese Anser from surrounding feeding areas, but counts underestimate numbers. The average seasonal peak number of waterbirds during 1992-1996 exceeded 20,000.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zwarte Meer. Downloaded from on 30/11/2021.