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Location Germany, Brandenburg
Central coordinates 14o 9.00' East  52o 59.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7
Area 11,779 ha
Altitude 1 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union

Site description A large embanked river and shipping canal (Talaue der Oder), flowing south-north through a moraine landscape. The banks are vegetated with reed Phragmites and herbaceous growth; the surrounds are polders subject to flooding during high tides. Human activities include shipping, intensive grassland cultivation and arable production.

Key Biodiversity The site holds the highest density of breeding Crex crex in Germany, and is one of only two breeding sites for Acrocephalus paludicola. The site regularly holds 20,000 or more waterbirds, and the site is a migratory bottleneck, where 8,500 Grus grus reglarly pass.

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Felchowseegebiet Nature Reserve 971 protected area contained by site 971  
Felchowseegebiet Ergänzung - DE2950306 Habitats Directive 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Landiner Haussee Nature Reserve 120 protected area contained by site 120  
Nationalpark Unteres Odertal Nature Reserve 10,598 protected area overlaps with site 10,242  
Nationalparkregion Unteres Odertal Landscape Protection Area 17,737 protected area overlaps with site 1,383  
Unteres Odertal National Park 10,598 protected area contained by site 10,598  
Unteres Odertal, Schwedt Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 5,400 protected area contained by site 5,400  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -

Protection status National Partial International HighIBA overlaps with Landscape Protected Area and National Park. IBA overlaps with Ramsar Site and Special Protection Area.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lower Oder valley. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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