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Location Austria, Steiermark
Central coordinates 14o 18.00' East  47o 19.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 253,560 ha
Altitude 800 - 2,863m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description A mountainous area of broad glacial valleys. Below 1,900 m most areas are covered by intensively managed forest, with more natural conifer forest limited to steep slopes. The treeline ecotone is dominated by Alnus, Rhododendron, Vaccinium and, locally, Pinus. The highest areas are occupied by alpine pastures, alpine grassland, cliffs and rocky slopes.

Key Biodiversity An important site for species of alpine grassland, montane and subalpine forest.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1997-2005  2,050 males only  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1997-2005  900 males only  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1997-2005  25 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Dotterel Eudromias morinellus breeding  1994  2,000 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum resident  1997-2005  98-588 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1997-2005  60-556 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1997-2005  613-3,330 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bodensee - Sattenbachtal Nature Reserve 1,300 protected area contained by site 1,400  
Klafferkessel Nature Reserve 1,100 protected area contained by site 1,200  
Krakau--Schoeder Nature Reserve 6,245 protected area contained by site 6,245  
Riesachtal in den Schladminger Tauern Nature Reserve 1,300 protected area contained by site 1,337  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  60%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands  25%
Rocky areas   15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 60%
agriculture 25%
not utilised 25%

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,400 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Bodensee-Sattenbachtal, 1,400 ha). 1,200 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Klafferkessel, 1,200 ha). 6,245 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Krakau-Schoeder, 6,245 ha). 1,337 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Riesachtal, 1,337 ha). 137,742 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Niedere Tauern, 137,742 ha).

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

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