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  • Area: 
    1,151 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    52°17'N 05°07'E
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Naardermeer. 23/05/80; Noord Holland; 1151 ha; 052°18'N 005°07'E. Natura 2000 (SAC, SPA). The Ramsar Site boundary has been adjusted to the Natura 2000 site, resulting in an increase of +452 ha. A complex of shallow freshwater lakes, pools and canals, fens, reedbeds and swamp-forests surrounded by wet meadows and marshland. The area is important for endangered waterbirds such as Purple Heron and Black Tern. In addition, the site supports vulnerable populations of fish, molluscs and dragonflies. The surroundings area is densely populated and dedicated to agriculture. The main threats to the ecological character are related to drainage, groundwater extraction, pollution and disturbance caused by tourism pressure and a railway. Land use is dedicated to water management and recreation. Around the lake there is a 17 km path which leads to bird watching shelters and a visitor centre. Ramsar site no. 194. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature Reserve - Naardermeer
    • Special Area of Conservation (Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC) - Naardermeer
    • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive 79/409/EEC, 1986) - Naardermeer
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)