The Seewinkel is part of the `Small Hungarian Plain'. The area is characterized by about 45 small shallow saline lakes with seasonally fluctuating water-levels. These are found within a landscape of wet meadows, hay-meadows, reedbeds (Phragmites), dry pastures, arable land, vineyards and small patches of woodland. The Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen are a large area of continuous wet meadows between the villages of Weiden and Podersdorf.
This is an important area for migrating and breeding wildfowl and waders in wet meadows and saline lakes.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats to the Seewinkel are from groundwater abstraction and intensive agriculture, particularly the use of fertilizers and pesticides. An increasing area of arable land is being put into set-aside and remaining pastures are extensively managed by the National Park. A variety of research and conservation projects have been undertaken.
National Partial International High3,510 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, 7,650 ha). 14,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Neusiedlersee, Seewinkel and Hanság, 60,000 ha). 14,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel, 41,735 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Southern Seewinkel and Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen. Downloaded from
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