The area includes ponds, marshes, wet meadows, deciduous forests, moorlands and arable fields.
The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage and in winter, on a regular basis (including Anas platyrhynchos 2,500 (passage), 10,820 (winter); Aythya ferina 6,000 (passage), 9,317 (winter); Fulica atra 6,640 (winter); Vanellus vanellus 8,000 (passage), 3,444 (winter)). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage, wintering); Haliaeetus albicilla (passage, wintering); Aquila clanga (wintering).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Early mowing and the removal of aquatic vegetation, by burning and cutting in summer, destroys the nests and chicks of rare species. High hunting pressure (including early opening dates) and lead pollution threaten ducks.
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