Saale-Elster valley

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The flood-plain of the Rivers Saale and Elster, including alluvial forest and wet meadows.

Key biodiversity
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.

Protected areas
National Partial International NoneIBA overlaps with Nature Reserve (820 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saale-Elster valley. Downloaded from on 16/12/2019.