Feuchte Ebene and Rauchwarther Platte

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The site consists of two parts. The Feuchte Ebene is a semi-open plain, previously with large areas of non-intensive pasture, now largely converted to arable cultivation. There are still substantial areas of humid grassland and small pockets of dry grassland, fens and alluvial forest. The Rauchwarther Platte is an undulating plateau, largely used for arable agriculture. The north of the IBA contains a large Quercus forest.

Key biodiversity
An important site for species breeding in humid grasslands and arable land. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Otis tarda (0-2 pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The major threats are from intensive agriculture, drainage and a planned recreation park. Since 1995, BirdLife Austria has been working with local farmers running a conservation project for Crex crex.

Protected areas
National Low International Partial11 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Pischelsdorfer Wiesen, 11 ha). 6,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Feuchte Ebene-Leithaauen, 10,518 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Feuchte Ebene and Rauchwarther Platte. Downloaded from on 10/08/2022.