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Location Austria, Kärnten
Central coordinates 13o 41.00' East  46o 39.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 4,811 ha
Altitude 500 - 670m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description In the west of the site there are small areas of fen and adjacent mixed Picea and Fagus forest. The eastern section comprises stony ground covered by open, mixed Pinus and Fagus forest, and the river, which has a number of artificial islands. The southern section comprises two more fens. Open areas are mainly used for pasture and some arable agriculture. The major human activity is forestry. Hunting also occurs.

Key Biodiversity An important area for birds of open mixed forest, especially Caprimulgus europaeus and Emberiza cia.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1997-2005  2-3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1997-2005  15-20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  70%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  15%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
forestry 70%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lower valley of the Gail. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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