The Voordelta, the North Sea Coastal Zone, the Dogger Bank, the Cleaver Bank, the Frisian Front and the Vlakte van de Raan have already been designated as Natura 2000 sites.
All Natura 2000 sites to be created in the North Sea occupy 19% of the Dutch Exclusive Economic Zone. This is a marine site of 10,260 km² or, to put it another way, over one million hectares.
The sites involved are:
The Voordelta occupies an area of the North Sea of more than 900 km². This site lies off the islands of South Holland and those of Zeeland. The area extends from the Maasvlakte to the tip of Walcheren Island.
North Sea Coastal Zone
North Sea Coastal Zone consists of ‘sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time, subtype North Sea Coastal Zone’.
Vlakte van de Raan
The Vlakte van de Raan is a Habitat Directive site or SAC of approx. 190 km2 that consists of ‘sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time, subtype North Sea Coastal Zone’.
The Dogger Bank is a shallow area that extends across the UK, Dutch, German and Danish sectors of the North Sea.
The Cleaver Bank is a Habitat Directive site or SAC in the category of ‘Open-sea reefs’. It is a marine site of approx. 1,235 km² that lies some 160 km to the north-west of Den Helder.
The Frisian Front lies roughly 75 km to the north of Den Helder and occupies a marine site of approx. 2,880 km2. It is a Birds Directive site or SPA only.