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Location Austria, Niederösterreich,Oberösterreich
Central coordinates 14o 44.00' East  48o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1, C6
Area 53,654 ha
Altitude 505 - 1,112m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description A predominantly forested area on the eastern Bohemian Mass. Large areas of native forest have been replaced with spruce Picea plantations but substantial areas of native mixed Fagus and Abies forest, Picea forest and broadleaved forest remain. The majority of the remaining area is mesophile grassland. The site has a number of raised bogs.

Key Biodiversity The area is important for breeding forest species and Crex crex.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia resident  1997-2005  170 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1998  20-29 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum resident  1997-2005  84-111 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1997-2005  50-85 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bruckangerlau (Haiböckau) Nature Reserve 2 protected area overlaps with site 3  
Karlstifter Moore Nature Reserve 64 protected area overlaps with site 64  
Tanner Moor Nature Reserve 122 protected area overlaps with site 122  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  35%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  20%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
forestry 65%

Protection status National Low International Partial189 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserves (Karlstifter Moore, 64 ha; Bruckangerlau, 3 ha; Tanner Moor, 122 ha). 12,250 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: Freiwald. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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