Groote Peel


Groote Peel

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  • Area: 
    1,348 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    51°20'N 05°49'E
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Groote Peel. 23/05/80. Noord-Brabant; 1,348 ha; 051°20’N 005°49’E. Added to the Montreux Record 4 July 1990, removed from the Record 16 June 1993. Natura 2000 (SPA, SAC), National Park. The boundary of the Ramsar Site has been adjusted to the Natura 2000 site, resulting in an increase of 22 ha. The Site supports rich vegetation in a landscape characterized by marshland raised bog, pools, channels, heathland and pine plantations with artificially maintained water levels. It is an important breeding area for waterbirds, and particularly known as the most important resting place in the Netherlands of migrating common cranes. Groote Peel plays an important role in groundwater replenishment and carbon sequestration. As well as water management, the land is used for farming, forestry and tourism. The management measures implemented during the last ten years have restored the water levels, resulting in a substantial regeneration of peat moss species. There is a visitors’ centre, and boardwalks have been constructed to make the Site more accessible. Ramsar Site no. 192. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

Administrative region: 
Noord-Brabant and Limburg

  • National legal designation: 
    • national park - Groote Peel
    • Special Area of Conservation (Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC) - Groote Peel
    • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive 79/409/EEC, 1986) - Groote Peel
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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