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Location Austria, Burgenland
Central coordinates 16o 46.00' East  47o 49.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 25,187 ha
Altitude 116 m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description Lake Neusiedl is the most western shallow steppic lake in Europe. Extensive reedbeds (Phragmites), up to 5 km wide, fringe the lake. Human activities include annual cutting and burning of the reedbeds (`Other' land-use), recreation, fishing and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser breeding  1997-2005  500-800 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Garganey Spatula querquedula breeding  1997-2005  75-150 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina breeding  1994  100-200 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca resident  1996  150-200 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis breeding  1997-2005  500-1,000 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1998-2003  40-81 adults only  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1995  60 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  2001-2005  20-2,000 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1998-2003  1-41 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1998-2004  86-298 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba breeding  1996  642 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1995  100-150 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva breeding  1997-2005  1,000-2,000 breeding pairs  good  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana resident  1994  30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997-2005  5-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  2002-2004  2-7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  2002-2005  120 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides breeding  1997  1,750 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Reed-warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus breeding  1997  20,500-42,000 breeding pairs  good  C3  Least Concern 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon breeding  1997  8,700-15,600 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  2001-2005  frequent  C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park 9,691 protected area overlaps with site 4,000  
Neusiedlersee, Seewinkel and Hanság Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 60,000 protected area contains site 23,272  
NP Neusidlersee-Seewinkel Birds Directive 43,978 protected area contains site 23,272  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 40%
other 10%
tourism/recreation 5%
nature conservation and research 15%
not utilised 30%

Protection status National High International High4,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, 7,650 ha). 23,272 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Neusiedlersee, Seewinkel and Hanság, 60,000 ha). 23,272 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel, 41,735 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Neusiedler See. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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