The flood-plain of the Rivers Aland and Elbe with grassland, standing water and alluvial forest.
The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage, on a regular basis. It is also a migratory bottleneck, where up to 5,000 Grus grus regularly pass. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca and Crex crex (2-6 pairs).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aland-Elbe lowlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2019.