IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2002)
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Area: 15,780 ha
Site description (baseline)
Part of a large (c.10,000 ha) lowland marsh on the River Elde, including several fish-pond complexes and extensive meadow- land. The ponds are generally 20-100 ha in extent and 1 m in depth. The shores are mainly unvegetated, although there are some areas of reedbed (Phragmites) and vegetated islands. The wet meadows hold Carex and Phalaris and are dissected by a network of ditches.
Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (breeding).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lewitz. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/3382 on 30/05/2023.