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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 14o 58.00' East  48o 38.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 41,198 ha
Altitude 500 - 860m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description This area lies on the Bohemian Mass, a large plateau in northern Austria. The landscape is hilly with stands of conifer and mixed forest, rivers, and a few fish-ponds. A fine-scale habitat mosaic of arable fields, grassland, hedges and small woodlands exists. Agriculture is still of comparatively low intensity.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for species found in areas of mixed, low-intensity agriculture. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (4 breeding pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1997-2005  480-1,000 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1997-2005  120-150 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 20%
agriculture 80%

Protection status National None International Partial6,100 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: Western Waldviertel. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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