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Location Austria, Oberösterreich
Central coordinates 13o 59.00' East  48o 41.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 22,302 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,378m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description The Bohemian forest covers the highest peaks of the granitic Bohemian Mass and divides the river systems of the Elbe and Danube. Spruce Picea forests dominate, with some mixed and deciduous forest. The main land-use in the Mühl valley is arable agriculture although some wet meadows, dry grasslands and raised bogs remain. The area is used for winter sports.

Key Biodiversity The IBA is important for species characteristic of both forest and mixed agriculture and grassland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997-2005  5-7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum 1997-2005  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  60%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  35%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 90%
agriculture 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Bohemian forest and Mühl valley. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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