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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 15o 34.00' East  48o 1.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 20,232 ha
Altitude 330 - 1,311m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description This site has two distinct zones. The lower zone has less than 50% forest cover. Agricultural areas are dominated by hay-meadows and pastures, interspersed with old orchards, hedgerows and small woodlands. About one third of the original forest has been converted to Picea plantations. The upper zone is 80% forested and dominated by Fagus with the proportion of conifers depending upon the altitude. Locally these forests have been replaced by Picea plantations.

Key Biodiversity An important site for forest species, particularly woodpeckers, and species of semi-open habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2005  6-8 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Picus viridis resident  1997-2005  50-80 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata breeding  1997-2005  200-500 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Ficedula parva breeding  1997-2005  50-100 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  40%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 35%
forestry 65%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Niederösterreichische Randalpen. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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