Delta of the Rhine

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Ixobrychus minutus NR breeding 1995-2005 4-11 breeding pairs C6
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus LC breeding 1997-2005 1-8 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2000-2005 228-310 breeding pairs C6
Milvus migrans NR breeding 2005 8 breeding pairs C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Rheindelta Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2,065 protected area contained by site 1,960
Rheindelta Nature Reserve 2,085 unknown 1,960
Rheindelta Nature Reserve 2,085 protected area contained by site 1,972
Rheindelta Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,066 protected area contained by site 2,040
Lauteracher Ried Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 580 protected area contained by site 580


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
fisheries/aquaculture -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Delta of the Rhine. Downloaded from on 22/05/2019.