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Location Switzerland, Bern,Fribourg
Central coordinates 7o 25.00' East  46o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B1iv, B2, B3
Area 16,803 ha
Altitude 900 - 2,150m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

SVS/BirdLife Switzerland



Summary A subalpine landscape with mixed and natural coniferous forests at lower elevations. Above the treeline, there are extensive alpine meadows and rocky areas. An important site for species associated with subalpine forest, particularly Green Woodpecker, Ring Ouzel and Citril Finch. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3’000 raptors regularly pass in autumn. The main threat is from recreational activities.

Site description Das IBA «Gurnigel – Gantrisch» liegt hauptsächlich in den Berner Voralpen. Es ist das Einzugsgebiet der Kalten Sense und der Gürbe. Die Grenze bildet im Süden die Stockhornkette bis Kaiseregg, im Norden reicht es ungefähr bis Höhe Gurnigelbad. Diese Flyschlandschaft ist stark bewaldet, von vielen Gräben und feuchten Stellen durchzogen und im oberen Bereich von Alpweiden geprägt. Bis etwa 1700 m ü. M. dominiert über weite Bereiche der subalpine Fichtenwald, wobei einige tiefere Lagen aufgrund ausgedehnter Flachmoore von Natur aus waldfrei sind. Gebirgsregionen mit alpinen Rasen und Felsen herrschen im Gantrisch- und Märe-Gebiet vor.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1996  100-200 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus breeding  1996  30-60 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1996  60-100 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1996  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus breeding  1996  900-1,500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  1996  20-60 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Citril Finch Carduelis citrinella breeding  1996  300 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Chueberg / Schwändli Fenlands of National Importance 21 protected area contained by site 21  
Duerrentaennli Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Dürrentännli Fenlands of National Importance 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Fischbächen Fenlands of National Importance 31 protected area contained by site 31  
Grossfischbaechen Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Gurnigel/Gantrisch Mire Landscapes of National Importance 4,502 protected area contained by site 4,502  
Horbüelallmid / Schwantenbüelallmid Fenlands of National Importance 64 protected area contained by site 64  
Kalte Sense Floodplains of National Importance 51 protected area overlaps with site 47  
Ladengrat Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Ladengrat / Stäckhüttenberg Fenlands of National Importance 82 protected area contained by site 82  
Lischboden Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Moor oestlich Wissenbach/Gurnigel Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Moor westl. Wissenbach / Gurnigel Fenlands of National Importance 104 protected area contained by site 104  
Moor westlich Wissenbach/Gurnigel Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Moore südl. Ottenleuebad Fenlands of National Importance 24 protected area contained by site 24  
Muscherensee Floodplains of National Importance 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Rotenbach Floodplains of National Importance 18 protected area contained by site 18  
Rotmoos 2 Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Ruuschi / Magerbad Fenlands of National Importance 41 protected area contained by site 41  
Schalenberg Fenlands of National Importance 16 protected area contained by site 16  
Schalenberg Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Schleifgraben Fenlands of National Importance 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Schwaendlibachgraben Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Schwarzenbühl / Fettbeder Fenlands of National Importance 42 protected area contained by site 42  
Schwarzwasser / Bärgli Fenlands of National Importance 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Selenen Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Selibüel Fenlands of National Importance 19 protected area contained by site 19  
Selital Fenlands of National Importance 31 protected area contained by site 31  
Sortel Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Sortel / Althuser Fenlands of National Importance 52 protected area contained by site 52  
Stierenberg / Alp Brändli Fenlands of National Importance 29 protected area contained by site 29  
Stierenmoos / Im lätzen Hengst Fenlands of National Importance 60 protected area contained by site 60  
Walenhütten / Lauchboden Fenlands of National Importance 16 protected area contained by site 16  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  36%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  45%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  13%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas; Urban parks and gardens  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 45%
forestry -
military -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 1%

Protection status Moorlandschaften: Gurnigel/Gantrisch: vollständig im IBA; Flachmoore: 18 Objekte: vollständig im IBA; Hochmoore: 11 Objekte: vollständig im IBA; Auengebiete: Kalte Sense: grösstenteils im IBA; Muscherensense: vollständig im IBA; Rotenbach: vollständig im IBA;

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pre-alpine region of Gurnigel. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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