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Location Austria, Vorarlberg
Central coordinates 9o 58.00' East  47o 8.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 2,271 ha
Altitude 580 - 1,780m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description This alpine valley has a mild, humid climate as a result of the föhn wind from the Rhine valley. Twenty-five kilometres of the valley is covered by near-natural montane and subalpine forest. This consists mainly of species-rich, old-growth stands of broadleaved deciduous forest and mixed forest, interspersed with pioneer communities along ravines and avalanche tracks, and dwarf pines Pinus on rocky slopes. Forestry activities are limited to a few sites.

Key Biodiversity An important site for forest species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Picus canus resident  1995  30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1995  11 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  90%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  5%
Rocky areas   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 40%
agriculture 5%
not utilised 55%

Protection status National None International High1,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Bergwälder Klostertal, 1,500 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Slope forests in the Klostertal. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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