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Location Germany, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Central coordinates 11o 38.00' East  53o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6, C7
Area 15,780 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2002

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union

Site description Part of a large (c.10,000 ha) lowland marsh on the River Elde, including several fish-pond complexes and extensive meadow- land. The ponds are generally 20-100 ha in extent and 1 m in depth. The shores are mainly unvegetated, although there are some areas of reedbed (Phragmites) and vegetated islands. The wet meadows hold Carex and Phalaris and are dissected by a network of ditches.

Key Biodiversity Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (breeding).

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fischteiche in der Lewitz Nature Reserve 1,766 protected area contained by site 1,766  
Friedrichsmoor Nature Reserve 170 protected area contained by site 170  
Lewitz (Ludwigslust) Landscape Protection Area 6,700 protected area contained by site 6,700  
Lewitz (Parchim) Landscape Protection Area 10,100 protected area overlaps with site 8,452  
Lewitz Ponds Landscape Protected Area 10,400 unknown 0  
Töpferberg Nature Reserve 14 protected area contained by site 14  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -

Protection status National Partial International HighIBA overlaps with Landscape Protected Area. IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lewitz. Downloaded from on 13/10/2015

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