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VMM - Rat control occurrences in Flanders, Belgium
Slootmaekers D, Gevens F, Reyserhove L, Oldoni D, Desmet P (2022): VMM - Rat control occurrences in Flanders, Belgium. v1.40. Flanders Environment Agency (VMM). Dataset/Occurrence.
Contact: Gevens, Frank

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The "VMM - Rat control occurrences in Flanders, Belgium" dataset is an occurrence dataset published by Flanders Environment Agency (VMM). The dataset is assembled by the VMM to monitor and control pest organisms in Flanders from 2016 onwards. It mainly includes observations of muskrats and brown rats, but other animal and plant pest species are included as well. more

The main species included are muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus, 45%), brown rat (Rattus norvegicus, 15%) and Eurasion beaver (Castor fiber, 10%). The dataset also includes records of water primrose (Ludwigia grandiflora), floating pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) and several other animal and plant pest species.

Here it is published as a standardized Darwin Core Archive and includes for each occurrence record: an occurrenceID, scientific name, number of individuals (optional), date and location. Issues with the dataset can be reported at

We have released this dataset under a Creative Commons Attribution license. We would appreciate it if you follow the INBO norms for data use ( when using the data. If you have any questions regarding this dataset, don't hesitate to contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or via

Biology > Mammals, Biology > Plants
Fresh water, Terrestrial, Biological damage, Damage prevention, Invasive species, Pest control, Belgium, Flanders, , , Plantae,

Geographical coverage
Belgium, Flanders [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 January 2016 - 24 May 2022

Taxonomic coverage
Castor fiber
Ondatra zibethicus
Plantae [WoRMS]
Rattus norvegicus

Occurrence of biota

Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie; Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (VMM), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2022-07-29
Information last updated: 2022-11-21
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