Zerbster Land

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2002 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
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC winter 1995 20,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC passage 1995 10,000 individuals B1i, C3
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 1995 300 individuals C6
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU breeding 2001 1-9 breeding pairs C6
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC passage 1995 500 individuals C6
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 2001 2 breeding pairs C6
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus LC resident 1995 1 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1995 20,000 individuals A4iii, C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2002).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Zerbster Land Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 6,207 is identical to site 5,778
Zerbster Land Landschaftschutzgebiet 313 protected area contained by site 5,940
Zerbster Land Landschaftschutzgebiet 19 protected area contained by site 0
Zerbster Land Landschaftschutzgebiet 3 protected area contained by site 0
Osterwesten Naturschutzgebiet 101 protected area contained by site 101
Mittlere Elbe-Steckby Landschaftschutzgebiet 3,540 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Mittlere Elbe einschließlich Steckby-Lödderitzer Forst Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 19,070 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Mittlere Elbe Landschaftschutzgebiet 12,806 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Mittlere Elbe Landscape Protection Area 38,488 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Flusslandschaft Elbe UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 374,432 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Fläming Nature Park 82,426 protected area overlaps with site 831
Elbaue Steckby-Lödderitz Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,319 protected area is adjacent to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland -
Shrubland Scrub -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations, Ruderal land -
Unknown -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Zerbster Land. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.