The flood-plain of the Rivers Saale and Elster, including alluvial forest and wet meadows.
Two hundred and fifty-two species have been recorded. The site holds high densities of raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (resident and passage), Otis tarda (passage) and Acrocephalus paludicola (passage).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Improved protection is urgently needed.
National Partial International NoneIBA overlaps with Nature Reserve (820 ha).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saale-Elster valley. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 16/12/2019.