Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (breeding).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Intensification of fish-farming has resulted in a reduction in the area of reedbed.

Protected areas
National Partial International HighIBA overlaps with Landscape Protected Area. IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lewitz. Downloaded from on 22/03/2023.