Midden-Limburg Fish Ponds Survey

Latest version published by BioFresh on Jan 5, 2018 BioFresh

The Midden-Limburg dataset contains data on local habitat conditions and taxonomic community composition of multiple aquatic organism groups (phytoplankton, zooplankton, aquatic vegetation, macro-invertebrates and fish) from 38 interconnected fish ponds in the fish pond complex Midden-Limburg (Limburg, Belgium). The selection of fish ponds represents five different pond management types.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 289 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
  • Occurrence 
  • MeasurementOrFact 

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 289 records in English (144 KB) - Update frequency: not planned
Metadata as an EML file download in English (12 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (11 KB)


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Pieter Lemmens, Aaike De Wever, Joachim Mergeay, Tom De Bie, Dirk Ercken, Jeroen Van Wichelen, Steven A.J. Declerck, Luc De Meester (2017). The importance of managemement for biodiversity conservation in interconnected man-made ponds


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is BioFresh. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 3236cdc4-2f4d-4bd6-b53f-54fd8d8a0aa8.  BioFresh publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data.


fish ponds; taxonomic occurrences; environmental conditions; pond management; Belgium; Biosphere; Biological Classification; Land Surface; Terrestrial Hydrosphere; Biota; Environment; Inland Waters; Samplingevent

External data

The resource data is also available in other formats

SF_12_Midden-LimburgSurvey.ziphttp://N/A ASCII N/A 0


Who created the resource:

Pieter Lemmens
KU Leuven Ch. Deberiotstraat 32 3000 Leuven BE

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Luc De Meester
KU Leuven Ch. Deberiotstraat 32 3000 Leuven BE

Who filled in the metadata:

Pieter Lemmens
KU Leuven Deberiotstraat 32 3000 Leuven Belgium BE

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Pieter Lemmens
Content Provider
Joachim Mergeay
Content Provider
Tom De Bie
Content Provider
Jeroen Van Wichelen
Principal Investigator
Luc De Meester
Content Provider
Steven A.J. Declerck
Content Provider
Dirk Ercken
KU Leuven Deberiotstraat 32 3000 Leuven Belgium
Metadata Provider
Aaike De Wever

Geographic Coverage

regional coverage

Bounding Coordinates South West [50.971, 5.3], North East [50.989, 5.349]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2006-01-01 / 2007-01-01

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Method step description:

  1. commonly used series of methods steps regarding fish (e.g. sampling, identification, data management)
  2. commonly used series of methods steps regarding macro-invertebrates (e.g. sampling, identification, data management)
  3. commonly used series of methods steps regarding zooplankton (e.g. sampling, identification, data management)
  4. commonly used series of methods steps regarding phytoplankton (e.g. sampling, identification, data management)
  5. commonly used series of methods steps regarding macrophytes (e.g. sampling, identification, data management)

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers doi:10.13148/fzynim
Midden-Limburg Survey