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Location Austria, Oberösterreich,Salzburg
Central coordinates 13o 10.00' East  47o 57.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 1,390 ha
Altitude 420 - 600m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description This area contains nine sites with wet meadows adjacent to five lakes. The size of individual sites ranges from 25-270 ha. Originally situated in the inundation zone of the lakes, most of the meadows have been affected by drainage in the past. The area is used for forestry, agriculture and recreation.

Key Biodiversity A good area for breeding species in humid grassland, particularly Vanellus vanellus (70-81 pairs), Numenius arquata (13-19 pairs) and Gallinago gallinago (20-25) pairs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1997-2005  4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997-2005  5-6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata breeding  1993  13-19 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1997-2005  30-40 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Unknown Nature Reserve 1,102 protected area overlaps with site 640  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  90%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
not utilised 10%

Protection status National High International Partial640 ha of the IBA covered by seven Nature Reserves, total area 1,102 ha. 105 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Oichtenriede, 105 ha). 298 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Wallersee-Wenger Moor, 298 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Meadows and lakes in the foreland of the Alps in Salzburg and Upper Austria. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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