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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 15o 26.00' East  48o 13.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 1,907 ha
Altitude 211 - 333m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description The course of the Pielach, a tributary of the Danube, is in a near-natural state. Forest dominated by Alnus, Fraxinus, Acer and Salix is associated with the river. Adjacent areas are dominated by arable cultivation with two patches of Quercus woodland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos breeding  1997-2005  8-12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  1997-2005  12-15 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  2003-2005  12-15 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Niederosterreichische Alpenvorlandflusse Birds Directive 16,484 protected area contains site 4,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  30%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
forestry 30%
tourism/recreation 10%
not utilised 10%

Protection status National None International High4,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Nieder-österreichische Alpenvorlandflusse, 16,484 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pielachtal. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/09/2014

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