Kalmthoutse Heide

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Kalmthoutse Heide

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  • Area: 
    2,200 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    51°22'N 04°28'E
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Kalmthoutse Heide. 04/03/86; Vlaamse Gewest; 2,200 ha; 51°23'N 004°28'E. Special Protection Area EC Directive; Nature Reserve, Landscape Reserve. Bordering the Netherlands, the site consists of heathland, acidic pools, marshes and woodland, on an extensive complex of stabilized inland dunes, along the Scheldt River estuary. Vegetation includes dune stabilizing species, various orchid species, dry and wet heath. The site is important for staging waterbirds and supports over 90% of the dragonfly species (Odonata) found in Belgium. Human activity is limited. Management measures include rabbit and gull control (to limit guano deposition), and sheep grazing to limit tree cover. Ramsar site no. 330. Most recent RIS information: 1992.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • landscape reserve
    • nature reserve
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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