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Location Austria, Tirol,Vorarlberg
Central coordinates 10o 5.00' East  46o 59.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 31,878 ha
Altitude 900 - 3,312m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description A mountainous region of subalpine forest, alpine pasture and rocky areas. The forested areas are mainly coniferous. Human utilization of the area is restricted to a small part of the IBA, used for cattle-grazing, forestry, winter sports and power plants.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for resident and breeding species associated with subalpine forest, alpine pastures, and grasslands and rocky areas above the treeline.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta resident  2000-2005  95-120 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  2000-2005  7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  40%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands  30%
Coastline   30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 20%
agriculture 20%
not utilised 60%

Protection status National None International Partial12,082 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Verwall, 12,082 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Silvretta and Verwall. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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