A wetland complex in the Rhine valley, comprising flooded gravel-pits, former settling ponds, reedbeds (Phragmites) and areas of small-scale cultivation. Additional habitats include mudflats, wet meadows and patches of forest.
Breeding species include Ixobrychus minutus, Ardea purpurea and Aythya ferina. The site also supports a variety of wintering and passage waterbirds. Passage species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus, Branta ruficollis, Aythya nyroca (2-5 individuals), Crex crex and Acrocephalus paludicola.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Water management is planned. The area is a candidate Special Area for Conservation.
National Partial International High224 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Wagbachniederung, 224 ha). IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wagbach lowlands. Downloaded from
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