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Nature development study of the ‘zuidelijke groenzone’ on the left bank of the river Scheldt

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Dutch title: Natuurontwikkelingsstudie van de zuidelijke groenzone van het Linkerscheldeoevergebied
Reference no: P106/BIOL004426
Period: February 2001 till September 2003
Status: Completed

Thesaurus term: Nature conservation
Geographical term: Belgium, Zeeschelde, Antwerp Harbour [Marine Regions]

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  • Universiteit Antwerpen; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Departement Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Ecosysteembeheer (ECOBE), more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Waterwegen en zeekanaal NV; Afdeling Zeeschelde, more, sponsor

Abstract:
During the further extension of the docks in the Waasland, areas, protected by the birds directive nr. 3.6 ‘tidal marshes and polders of the Lower Scheldt will be destroyed. The loss of habitats of - the breeding and non-breeding birds in appendix I of the birds directive;- internationally important concentrations of overwintering and migrating bird species and -the rare Flemish breeding birds for which an important part of the population nested in this area will be compensated. This study will focus on the potential for nature development of an area of ± 130 ha: the ‘zuidelijke groenzone’. The area can be divided in two different parts: the southern part is a depression with pools and very humid parcels. The vegetation consists mostly of reed borders and other marshy vegetations. The altitude of the northern part is slightly higher because of the storage of sludge. De soil is dryer and more calcareous. Both gradients offer a large potential for nature development.

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