Database release:
SDF
NATURA 2000 - STANDARD DATA FORM

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. SITE IDENTIFICATION

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1.1 Type

A

1.2 Site code

NL9802026

1.3 Site name

Westerschelde & Saeftinghe

1.4 First Compilation date

2014-06

1.5 Update date

2018-12

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality - Department Nature & Biodiversity
Address:               
Email:

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:2000-03
National legal reference of SPA designationhttp://www.synbiosys.alterra.nl/natura2000/documenten/gebieden/122/n2k122_db_hvnw_westerschelde_en_saeftinghe.pdf
Explanation(s):Formerly known as SPA NL9802026 Westerschelde (2007-2012)Merged with SAC Westerschelde under sitecode NL9803061 (2012-2014)Diveded from SAC Westerschelde & Saeftinghe in 2014 because of change in border of SACFrom 2007 former SPA NL9802026 Westerschelde was a merge of:SPA NL9802026 Westerschelde and SPA NL1000019 Verdronken land van Seaftinghe

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:3.764100
Latitude:51.379800

2.2 Area [ha]

43748.0000

2.3 Marine area [%]

0.0000

2.4 Sitelength [km] (optional):


No information provided

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
NL34Zeeland

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Atlantic (100.00 %)

3. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

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3.1 Habitat types present on the site and assessment for them


No habitat types are reported for the site

3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
BA054Anas acuta    951  951   
BA056Anas clypeata    90  90   
BA052Anas crecca    969  969   
BA050Anas penelope    6603  6603   
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    6827  6827   
BA051Anas strepera    55  55   
BA041Anser albifrons    531  531   
BA043Anser anser    7316  7316   
BA169Arenaria interpres    119  119   
BA144Calidris alba    799  799   
BA149Calidris alpina    8204  8204   
BA143Calidris canutus    889  889   
BA138Charadrius alexandrinus     
BA138Charadrius alexandrinus    15  15   
BA137Charadrius hiaticula    335  335   
BA137Charadrius hiaticula    14  14   
BA081Circus aeruginosus    28  28   
BA026Egretta garzetta    61  61   
BA103Falco peregrinus    13  13   
BA130Haematopus ostralegus    6684  6684   
BA075Haliaeetus albicilla     
BA176Larus melanocephalus    721  721   
BA157Limosa lapponica    717  717   
BA272Luscinia svecica    450  450   
BA069Mergus serrator     
BA160Numenius arquata    3446  3446   
BA034Platalea leucorodia    140  140   
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    311  311   
BA141Pluvialis squatarola    1509  1509   
BA005Podiceps cristatus    37  37   
BA132Recurvirostra avosetta    428  428   
BA132Recurvirostra avosetta    167  167   
BA195Sterna albifrons    105  105   
BA193Sterna hirundo    961  961   
BA191Sterna sandvicensis    2067  2067   
BA048Tadorna tadorna    7547  7547   
BA161Tringa erythropus    81  81   
BA164Tringa nebularia    51  51   
BA162Tringa totanus    641  641   
BA142Vanellus vanellus    2629  2629   
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)


No information provided

4. SITE DESCRIPTION

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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover
N0290.00
N037.00
N043.00
N0290.00
N037.00
N043.00

Total Habitat Cover

200

Other Site Characteristics

A tidal estuary of the River Schelde with mudflats and sandbanks and the only estuary in south-west Netherlands which will be allowed to remain open to the sea. The estuary is 60 km long from the Belgian border up to the North Sea, and is adjacent to the Voordelta (NL9802017) in the west and "Schelde- en Durmeëstuarium van de Nederlandse grens tot Gent" (BE2300006) in Vlaanderen (BE) in the south. Saeftinge is one of the largest, contiguous salt marshes in Western Europe, which is an important breeding site for various Annex I species and wintering/ staging site for geese and dabbling ducks. The SPA includes the shallow parts of the estuary (depth less than 10 m) and the raised saltmarsh Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe; deeper parts including the shipping lane have been excluded.

4.2 Quality and importance

The following data refer to the period 1993-1997 (data in paragraph 3.2a-b refer te period 1999-2003). For Westerschelde: Species meeting the 1% threshold (breeding): Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis (4,2%), Common Tern Sterna hirundo (1,6%), (non-breeding): Greylag Goose Anser anser (5,8%), Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna (1,7%), Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus (2,2%), Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta (1,1%), Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula (1,2%), Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola (2,5%), Knot Calidris canutus islandica (1,0%), Sanderling Calidris alba (1,3%), Calidris alpina alpina (2,1%), Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica (1,3%), Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata (1,1%), Common Redshank Tringa totanus totanus (1,3%). One of the five most important sites for (breeding): Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis, Common Tern Sterna hirundo, Little Tern Sterna albifrons. For Verdronkenland van Saeftinghe: Species meeting the 1% threshold (breeding): Herring Gull Larus argentatus (2,0%), (non-breeding): Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia (3,1%), Greylag Goose Anser anser (18,5%), Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna (1,1%), Eurasian Wigeon Anas [Mareca] penelope.One of the five most important sites for (non-breeding): Little Egret Egretta garzetta, Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus. (3,0%), Northern Pintail Anas acuta (10,6%). The site is an important roost for tens of thousands of geese Anser from Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, but numbers of Anser albifrons in particular have been poorly covered by counts. The site regularly supports more than 20,000 wintering waterbirds: average peak 131,283 (1991/92-1996/97). Site largely overlaps with IBA 029 (IBA2000).Large estuary with sandflats and salt marshes. Extensive estuarine system (type 1130) and one of the largest continuo

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LD03i
MK02.01i
MM01b
HF02i
HJ02i
MG01i
ME02b
LD03i
MK02.01i
MM01b
HF02i
HJ02i
MG01i
ME02b
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MUb
MUb

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

4.4 Ownership (optional)


No information provided

4.5 Documentation (optional)


No information provided

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level (optional):

Code Cover [%]
NL01100.00

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites (optional):


No information provided

5.3 Site designation (optional)


No information provided

6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Rijkswaterstaat Zee en Delta
Address:
Email:hans.lammers@rws.nl

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

X
Yes Name: Natura 2000 Deltawateren
Link: https://www.bij12.nl/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Natura-2000-Beheerplan-122-Westerschelde-en-Saeftinghe.pdf

Name: Westerschelde en Saeftinghe Natura 2000 Deltawateren Beheerplan 2016-2022
Link: https://www.bij12.nl/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Natura-2000-Beheerplan-122-Westerschelde-en-Saeftinghe.pdf

No, but in preparation
No

6.3 Conservation measures (optional)


No information provided

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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INSPIRE ID:
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
X
No

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