Riverine forests in the Tullnerfeld

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The area encloses the flood-plain forests of the Danube between Krems and Klosterneuburg. Only small remnants of the original forest communities still exist. Today, most of the area is covered by Populus plantations and stands of Fraxinus and Alnus. Within the forest are numerous oxbow lakes, with reedbeds (Phragmites), as well as hay- meadows, arable fields and gravel-pits. Human activities include forestry, agriculture, gravel extraction, recreation, hunting and angling.

Key biodiversity
This site is important for species typical of riverine forests.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Major threats come from intensive forestry and gravel extraction. Two power plants on the Danube negatively affect the water regime of the forest.

Protected areas
National None International High16,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Tullnerfelder Donau-Auen, 19,483 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Riverine forests in the Tullnerfeld. Downloaded from on 12/08/2022.