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Location Austria, Steiermark
Central coordinates 15o 55.00' East  46o 48.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 10,862 ha
Altitude 230 - 520m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

BirdLife Austria

Site description An area of hills and river valleys. The hills are covered with broadleaved deciduous forest dominated by Fagus, Carpinus, and Quercus. The valley floors are dominated by arable agriculture with meadows on the steeper slopes and in wet depressions. Vineyards and orchards are also found on the slopes and areas of forest along the rivers.

Key Biodiversity The area is important for populations of species characteristic of low- intensity mixed agriculture.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2005  13 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  40%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
forestry 40%

Protection status National None International PartialApproximately 1,600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Teile des Südoststeirischen Hügellandes, 5,462 ha)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: South-east Styrian hill country. Downloaded from on 28/11/2015

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