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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 15o 48.00' East  48o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 15,335 ha
Altitude 478 - 628m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

BirdLife Austria

Site description The site is a military training area and is closed to the general public. About 70 km2of land were removed from agricultural production in 1941 and this area is now fallow land. The remainder of the area is composed of intensively managed spruce Picea forest, arable land, hay-meadows, and a few fish-ponds. Apart from military training, human activities include hunting, fisheries, agriculture and forestry.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for species of open and semi-open landscapes. It holds the largest population of Crex crex in Austria.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2000-2005  83-114 males only  good  A1, C1, C6  Least Concern 
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor breeding  1997-2005  7-21 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria breeding  1997-2005  80-150 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  10%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Ruderal land  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 35%
agriculture 20%
not utilised 45%
military 30%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Allentsteig military training area. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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