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Zwarte Meer

General Information

Description Zwarte Meer is a large shallow lake with extensive reed marshes, floodplains, and a human-made island (Vogeleiland). Size: 2050 ha.
Country Netherlands
Latitude 52° 38' 0" (52.6333)
Longitude 5° 59' 0" (5.9833)

Physical Characteristics

Type Fresh


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Description Special Protection Area EC Directive.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern Home to more than 1% population of the world's population of the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) and the Greylag Goose (Anser anser). A wintering and foraging site of international importance for waterbirds. Regularly hosts over 60 species of breeding birds, including Great Bitterns (Botaurus stellaris), Purple Herons (Ardea purpurea), Circus aeruginosus, and 50,000 Anatidae. The area supports unusual species of bats and fishes.



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Biodiversity Profile: Zwarte Meer

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.

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