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Location Austria, Oberösterreich,Salzburg
Central coordinates 12o 50.00' East  48o 2.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 3,781 ha
Altitude 350 - 403m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

BirdLife Austria

Site description The site covers the lower course of the River Salzach, a section still free of power plants. Extensive areas of riverine forest remain close to Salzburg, whilst the lower section of the valley is a steep-sided gorge. In the north of the site, an area of agricultural land includes a high proportion of wet meadows.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for species associated with riverine forest and humid grassland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  1997-2005  10-12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1997-2005  2-3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  60%
Grassland Humid grasslands  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 60%
urban/industrial/transport 10%
agriculture 20%
tourism/recreation 5%
hunting 20%

Protection status National None International Partial500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ettenau, 500 ha). 1,120 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Salzachauen, 1,120 ha).

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

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