The Marchfeld is a plain to the north-east of Vienna, dominated by intensive arable agriculture with high levels of irrigation. Small remnants of woodland and dry, sandy grassland remain.
The site is one of five in Austria that hold Otis tarda.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Despite an ongoing protection programme, the Otis tarda population is still in decline and threatened by intensive agriculture.
National Low International None376 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserves (Wacholderheide Siebenbrunn, 38 ha; Weikendorfer Remise, 183 ha; Sandberge Oberweiden, 115 ha; Schloßpark Obersiebenbrunn, 40 ha)
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central Marchfeld. Downloaded from
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