Voornes Duin


Voornes Duin

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  • Area: 
    1,432 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    51°53'N 04°03'E
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Voornes Duin. 29/08/00; Zuid-Holland; 1,432 ha; 051°53’N 04°03’E. Natura 2000 (SPA, SAC). The Site represents the least damaged dune system of the Netherlands. It is located between Oostvoorne and Harlingvliet, just 20 km south of the capital The Hague. The Ramsar boundary has been adjusted to the Natura 2000 site, including the addition of a new area of 45 ha. The area includes two lakes – Breedewater and Quackjeswater – and mesotrophic dune slacks surrounded by alder woodland and wet dune valleys. The Site supports rich vegetation including endangered plant species such as water germander and fen orchid, and is of particular importance for many breeding birds such as the Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) and great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). The dunes play an important role in shoreline stabilization and water purification. Land use is dedicated to water management, tourism, conservation and research. The main factors adversely affecting the Site’s ecological character come from the surrounding area: the construction of a harbour and an industrial area will influence the salt spray and dynamics of shifting dunes. Moreover, the partial opening of the sluices in Haringvliet dam will also influence the hydrology of the Site. Ramsar site no. 1280. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Special Area of Conservation - Voornes Duin
    • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive - Voornes Duin
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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