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Location Austria, Burgenland
Central coordinates 16o 58.00' East  47o 44.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 3,729 ha
Altitude 115 - 122m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description The area is dominated by intensive arable agriculture (including a substantial proportion of set-aside land) with small areas of wet meadows (140 ha) and alluvial forest. Human activities include arable farming, hunting, tourism, and military operations.

Key Biodiversity An important site for birds associated with arable agriculture and wet meadows. It is one of five Austrian sites for Otis tarda. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (3-4 breeding pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1993  1-3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1993  15-20 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Vulnerable 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus resident  1992  9-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1990  14-20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2009 not assessed not assessed not assessed

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hanság National Park 140 unknown 140  
Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park 9,691 protected area overlaps with site 140  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Ruderal land  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 10%

Protection status National Low International None140 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, 7,650 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Austrian part of Hanság. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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