Elbe lowlands between Schnackenburg and Lauenburg

Country/territory: Germany

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2002)
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Area: 53,919 ha

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union

Site description (baseline)
Flood-plain of the slow-flowing River Elbe with remnant riverine forests, oxbow lakes, wet grassland, flooded meadows and dunes.

Key biodiversity
The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 Grus grus regularly pass. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (wintering).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Elbe lowlands between Schnackenburg and Lauenburg. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.