Oostelijke Vechtplassen


Oostelijke Vechtplassen

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  • Area: 
    6,474.8 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    52°11'N 05°06'E
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The Site consists of an extensive area of permanent freshwater shallow lakes, marshes and canals characterized by fenland, reedbeds and wet meadows surrounded by swamp forests. The boundaries of the Site have been adjusted to those of the Natura 2000 site, with some residential areas and the Trekgaten recreational area excluded. The high turbidity of the water bodies prevents the development of submerged vegetation; however, water management measures have considerably improved the water quality. The Site is of international importance for providing refuge to large number of rare and endangered species of mushrooms, mosses, plants, molluscs, insects, fish, birds and mammals. It regularly supports more than 20,000 wintering waterbirds and more than 1% of the individuals of the North-West and Central European populations of Northern shoveler and purple heron. Since 2010 otters have again been breeding on the Site. The main human activities include boating, commercial fisheries, water management, tourism and farming. The Site is threatened by drainage and nutrient pollution from the surrounding farmland, by reed harvesting activities, and by recreational navigation.

Administrative region: 
Utrecht and Noord-Holland

  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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