Helme reservoir Berga-Kelbra

Country/territory: Germany

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B1iv, C2, C3, C5 (2002)
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Area: 1,454 ha

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union

Site description (2000 baseline)
A storage lake used for water management since 1967, sometimes dry in winter. It is surrounded by grassland with reeds Phragmites, scrub, and alluvial forest flooded by the River Helme.

Key biodiversity
The site is a migratory bottleneck, where up to 4,000 Grus grus regularly pass. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (5 breeding pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Helme reservoir Berga-Kelbra. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.