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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 15o 17.00' East  48o 25.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 43,458 ha
Altitude 330 - 966m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description This area forms part of the plateau of the Bohemian Mass. The majority of the site is covered by intensively-managed Picea plantations with some areas of broadleaved and mixed forest. There are also substantial areas of arable agriculture and mesophile grassland. Wetlands and wet meadows have been reduced to small remnants.

Key Biodiversity The area is important for breeding forest and farmland species. The numbers of Crex crex fluctuate widely from year to year.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1997-2005  5-6 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997-2005  5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum resident  1997-2005  15-35 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 70%
agriculture 30%

Protection status National None International Partial8,200 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Waldviertler Teich, Heide und Moorlandschaften, 54,486 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Southern Waldviertel. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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