This area of the Alps is characterized by a karst landscape with steep limestone cliffs and deep river gorges. Mixed forests (montane zone) and conifer forests (subalpine zone) dominate. Steep slopes have prevented widespread intensive forestry but in many places original forest has been replaced by monocultures of Picea. Above the treeline are small areas of alpine meadows. The valleys contain a few important raised bogs. The area is used for forestry and tourism.
The site is important for species found in montane and subalpine forest, rocky areas and cliffs
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ötscher-Dürrenstein. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/09/2019.