Fish-ponds in the Waldviertel

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
There are about 1,400 fish-ponds with a total surface of about 1,700 ha. The IBA consists of six discrete areas isolated from each other. Larger ponds often have extensive stands of reed Phragmites and other aquatic vegetation. Wet grassland, hay-meadows and Picea forests surround the ponds. The main human activity is fish-farming with some agriculture.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding species associated with reedbeds and open water. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (5-10 breeding pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There is a conflict between intensive fish-farming and piscivorous birds. Reedbeds are occasionally destroyed to increase the area of open water.

Protected areas
National Low International High160 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserves (Bruneiteich, 44 ha; Gebhartsteich, 86 ha; Gemeindeau, 30 ha). 3,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Waldviertler Teich, Heide-und Moorlandschaften, 54,486 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fish-ponds in the Waldviertel. Downloaded from on 23/05/2022.