Southern Waldviertel

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
This area forms part of the plateau of the Bohemian Mass. The majority of the site is covered by intensively-managed Picea plantations with some areas of broadleaved and mixed forest. There are also substantial areas of arable agriculture and mesophile grassland. Wetlands and wet meadows have been reduced to small remnants.

Key biodiversity
The area is important for breeding forest and farmland species. The numbers of Crex crex fluctuate widely from year to year.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Conversion of native forests into plantations, forestry operations and agricultural intensification are the main threats. The remaining wet meadows are threatened by afforestation.

Protected areas
National None International Partial8,200 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Waldviertler Teich, Heide und Moorlandschaften, 54,486 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Southern Waldviertel. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.