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Location Austria, Steiermark
Central coordinates 15o 49.00' East  46o 44.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 13,885 ha
Altitude 200 - 327m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description The River Mur forms the border between Austria and Slovenia. The river flow is completely regulated. Riverine forest still exists but parts are no longer flooded. The agricultural land compromises a mosaic of arable fields, patches of forest and woodland, and small fish-ponds. Mixed forests dominate the valley sides, although in many places they have been replaced by Picea plantations.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for a number of breeding riverine forest and river species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1997-2005  4-5 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  2003  8 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  2003  4-5 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1997-2005  30-50 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  1997-2005  frequent  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 10  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  30%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 45%
forestry 50%

Protection status National Low International NonePart of the IBA is covered by two Nature Reserves, total area less than 10 ha.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lower Mur valley. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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