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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 15o 58.00' East  48o 39.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C6
Area 31,613 ha
Altitude 218 - 400m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description A hilly area dominated by arable agriculture near the border with the Czech Republic. Small remnants of wet meadows and dry grasslands remain, each less than 1-2 km2in total. Woodland is confined to small patches.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding farmland birds with an stable Otis tarda population.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1997-2005  8-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  2005  31 females only  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria breeding  1997-2005  80-150 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 97%

Protection status National None International Partial28,172 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Westliches Weinviertel, 28,172 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Western Weinviertel. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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