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Location Austria, Niederösterreich
Central coordinates 16o 30.00' East  48o 1.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 8,156 ha
Altitude 169 - 217m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description The site consists of two parts. The Feuchte Ebene is a semi-open plain, previously with large areas of non-intensive pasture, now largely converted to arable cultivation. There are still substantial areas of humid grassland and small pockets of dry grassland, fens and alluvial forest. The Rauchwarther Platte is an undulating plateau, largely used for arable agriculture. The north of the IBA contains a large Quercus forest.

Key Biodiversity An important site for species breeding in humid grasslands and arable land. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Otis tarda (0-2 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  1997-2005  2-3 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  2003-2005  1 males only  good  C6  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997  16-31 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1999-2005  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Pischelsdorfer Wiesen Nature Reserve 11 protected area contained by site 11  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  5%
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Ruderal land; Urban parks and gardens  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 10%

Protection status National Low International Partial11 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Pischelsdorfer Wiesen, 11 ha). 6,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Feuchte Ebene-Leithaauen, 10,518 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Feuchte Ebene and Rauchwarther Platte. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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