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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 16o 0.00' East  48o 16.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 5,722 ha
Altitude 230 m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description A large area of hay-meadows and arable land, that floods periodically, on the south bank of the Danube. Small stands of riverine forest and a large oxbow lake are included in the IBA.

Key Biodiversity The area holds one of the last remaining lowland populations of Crex crex in Austria. Breeding success is currently very poor.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata breeding  1997-2005  3-11 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1994  5-10 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1995  20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high very unfavourable not assessed

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Crex crex Corncrake 14 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 7 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  5%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  45%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%
forestry 5%

Protection status National None International High920 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Machland Sud, 2,076 ha).

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

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