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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 16o 43.00' East  48o 15.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 44,138 ha
Altitude 145 - 165m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

BirdLife Austria

Site description The Marchfeld is a plain to the north-east of Vienna, dominated by intensive arable agriculture with high levels of irrigation. Small remnants of woodland and dry, sandy grassland remain.

Key Biodiversity The site is one of five in Austria that hold Otis tarda.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2003-2005  2-3 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca resident  2003-2005  1 breeding pairs  good  C6  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  2000-2005  6-8 individuals  good  C6  Vulnerable 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  2003-2005  5-7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2000-2005  16-19 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  1996-2005  3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high unfavourable not assessed

Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Artificial - terrestrial   0 0 good (> 90%) poor (40-69%) unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sandberge Oberweiden Nature Reserve 115 protected area overlaps with site 115  
Sclosspark Obersiebenbraun Nature Reserve 40 protected area overlaps with site 40  
Wacholderheide Siebenbrunn Nature Reserve 38 protected area overlaps with site 38  
Weikendorfer Remise Nature Reserve 183 protected area overlaps with site 183  


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%
forestry 5%

Protection status National Low International None376 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserves (Wacholderheide Siebenbrunn, 38 ha; Weikendorfer Remise, 183 ha; Sandberge Oberweiden, 115 ha; Schloßpark Obersiebenbrunn, 40 ha)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Central Marchfeld. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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