Waarnemingen.be - Non-native animal occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

  • Wouter Vanreusel (Creator)
  • Kristijn Swinnen (Creator)
  • Karin Gielen (Creator)
  • Diemer Vercayie (Creator)
  • Gerald Driessens (Creator)
  • Wim Veraghtert (Creator)
  • Peter Desmet (Creator)
  • Marc Herremans (Creator)



Waarnemingen.be - Non-native animal occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium is a species occurrence dataset published by Natuurpunt and described (v1.2) in Swinnen et al. (2018, https://doi.org/10.3391/bir.2018.7.3.17). The dataset contains over 530,000 occurrences of 495 non-native animal species, recorded by volunteers (citizen scientists), mainly since 2008. The occurrences are derived from the database http://www.waarnemingen.be, hosted at the nature conservation NGO Natuurpunt in collaboration with Stichting Natuurinformatie. Standardized information regarding sex, lifeStage, reproductiveCondition, behavior, occurrenceRemarks, and samplingProtocol are included as well.

Generalized and/or withheld information: Since dataset v1.4 location information is no longer generalized to grid cells, but provided as the original decimalLatitude/Longitude and coordinateUncertaintyInMeters for all occurrences. Observer name, toponyms, and photographs are not included in the published dataset, but are known in the source database.

To allow anyone to use this dataset, we have released the data to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/). We would appreciate however, if you read and follow these norms for data use (http://www.natuurpunt.be/normen-voor-datagebruik) and provide a link to the original dataset (https://doi.org/10.15468/k2aiak) whenever possible. If you use these data for a scientific paper, please cite the dataset following the applicable citation norms and/or consider us for co-authorship. We are always interested to provide more information or know how you have used the data, so please contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or natuurdata@natuurpunt.be.

The publication of this dataset is supported by INBO and funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch.
Date made available27-Jun-2017
Temporal coverage14-Jan-1900 - 28-Feb-2019
Date of data production27-Jun-2017
Geographical coverageFlanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Geographic list

  • Flanders
  • Brussels-Capital region

EWI Biomedical sciences

  • B280-animal-ecology

Thematic list

  • Invasive species (management)
  • Invasive species (species diversity)
  • Fauna

Thematic List 2020

  • Invasive species
  • Data & infrastructure

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