AT031
Freiwald


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Hazel Grouse Tetrastes bonasia LC resident 1997-2005 170 breeding pairs C6
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1998 20-29 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum LC resident 1997-2005 84-111 breeding pairs C6
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus LC resident 1997-2005 50-85 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).


IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Wiesengebiete im Mühlviertel Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 574 protected area overlaps with site 0
Wiesengebiete im Freiwald Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,410 protected area overlaps with site 0
Waldviertler Teich-; Heide- und Moorlandschaft Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 13,725 protected area overlaps with site 0
Waldviertel ponds, peat bogs & floodplains Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 13,000 protected area overlaps with site 0
Waldviertel Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 54,095 protected area overlaps with site 12,250
Waldaist und Naarn Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,838 protected area overlaps with site 0
Tanner Moor Naturschutzgebiet 122 protected area contained by site 122
Tanner Moor Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 120 protected area contained by site 0
Rote Auen Naturschutzgebiet 10 protected area contained by site 0
Richterbergau Naturschutzgebiet 2 protected area contained by site 0
Nordwald Naturpark 526 protected area contained by site 0
Maltsch Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 353 protected area overlaps with site 0
Maltsch Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 353 protected area overlaps with site 0
Karlstifter Moore Naturschutzgebiet 61 protected area contained by site 64
Großpertholz Landschaftsschutzgebiet 526 protected area contained by site 0
Bumau Naturschutzgebiet 16 protected area contained by site 0
Bruckangerlau (Haiböckau) Naturschutzgebiet 2 protected area contained by site 3

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Freiwald. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/freiwald-iba-austria on 26/02/2024.