Lower Elbe valley

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Humid grasslands (pastures and meadows) along the River Elbe, interspersed with ditches, reedbeds (Phragmites) and arable land.

Key biodiversity
The site holds more than 20,000 passage waterbirds on a regular basis, and is also a migratory bottleneck site, where up to 4,000 Grus grus regularly pass.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The enlargement of the Elbe is a threat.

Protected areas
National None International HighIBA overlaps with Biosphere Reserve and Special Protection Area.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lower Elbe valley. Downloaded from on 26/06/2022.