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  • Area: 
    6,123.5 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    52°25'N 05°44'E
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The three Ramsar Sites “Drontermeer” (former Site no.1242), “Veluwemeer” (former Site no. 1278) and “Wolderwijd en Nuldernauw” (former Site no. 1281) were combined in 2015 into a single Ramsar Site following the borders of Natura 2000 site “Veluwerandmeren”. This has resulted in an overall increase of 14 ha. The new Site is formed by three lakes situated between the dikes of the Flevoland polder and the mainland. It regularly supports more than 20,000 wintering waterbirds and more than 1% of the of NW European populations of tufted duck (Aythya fuligula), mute swan (Cygnus olor) and red-crested pochard (Netta rufina). The Site also supports threatened species of plants, mosses, mushrooms, molluscs and fish, which are important for maintaining the biodiversity of the Atlantic biogeographic region. In addition it maintains the hydrological balance of the region and is an important fresh water reservoir during periods of drought. Land use is dedicated to commercial fisheries, sand extraction, water management, recreation and tourism, shipping traffic, conservation and research. The main factors adversely affecting the Site’s ecological character include the extension and deepening of the shipping lane, impacts of the extraction industry, pollution, eutrophication and disturbance from recreation activities.

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The site is located between the provinces of Flevoland, Gelderland and Overijssel.

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