|Central coordinates||15o 25.00' East 48o 19.00' North|
|IBA criteria||B2, C6|
|Altitude||198 - 960m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Site description The Wachau, part of the Danube valley, is characterized by rocky slopes and cliffs. Land-use in the Wachau is mainly vineyards and orchards on the slopes, with arable land on the valley floor. Extensive areas of forest also remain on the slopes but native broadleaved species have been replaced with Picea. The Jauerling, a low mountain to the north-west of the Wachau, is covered by non-native Picea forests, interspersed with patches of broadleaved forest and grasslands.
Key Biodiversity The site is important for species characteristic of open woodland, non-intensively managed orchards, rocky slopes and cliffs.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo||resident||2000-2005||15-18 breeding pairs||good||B2, C6||Least Concern|
|Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis||breeding||1997-2005||300 breeding pairs||medium||C6||Least Concern|
|Rock Bunting Emberiza cia||resident||1997-2005||100-150 breeding pairs||medium||B2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland||40%|
|Grassland||Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland||5%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Rivers and streams||5%|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves||50%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National None International High25,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Wachau-Jauerling, 45,802 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wachau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2015
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