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Location Austria, Niederösterreich,Wien
Central coordinates 16o 16.00' East  48o 12.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 83,563 ha
Altitude 190 - 893m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description The Vienna forest covers the north-eastern foothills of the Alps. The northern and western parts have rolling hills and valleys, whilst the southern part is limestone with steep cliffs and quarries. Approximately 25% of the forest is coniferous, the remainder being dominated by Carpinus, Fagus and Quercus. Forestry and tourism are the main human activities.

Key Biodiversity The site holds significant populations of species that occur in broadleaved forests.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2000-2005  24-28 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997-2005  2-50 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  2000-2005  80-120 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Picus canus resident  2000-2005  100-180 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  2000-2005  150-200 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  2001-2005  300-800 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Picus viridis resident  1997-2005  250-350 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  2001-2005  900-2,000 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Ficedula parva breeding  2001-2005  180-600 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  90%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  5%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International High90,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Wienerwald-Thermenregion, 95,688 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vienna forest. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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