An area of wet grassland and arable land with drainage ditches, scrub and a small expanse of open water, situated in the Rhine valley.
Supports the only breeding population of the globally threatened Crex crex in Liechtenstein, as well as breeding Coturnix coturnix, Saxicola rubetra and Lanius collurio. Circus cyaneus winters, and both Circusaeruginosus and Circuspygargus occur on passage.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat to the IBA is posed by agricultural intensification on land adjacent to the Nature Reserve and, to a lesser extent and in spite of it being protected, within the reserve itself. The plant Solidago virgaurea has been introduced and is a problem. Human access is controlled during the breeding season, and there is a management plan for the site.
National High International High90 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ruggeller Riet, 90 ha). 90 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Ruggeller Riet, 101 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ruggeller Riet, Talgebiet. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 13/08/2022.