Lower Elbe valley

Country/territory: Germany

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2002)
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Area: 53,110 ha

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union

Site description (baseline)
Humid grasslands (pastures and meadows) along the River Elbe, interspersed with ditches, reedbeds (Phragmites) and arable land.

Key biodiversity
The site holds more than 20,000 passage waterbirds on a regular basis, and is also a migratory bottleneck site, where up to 4,000 Grus grus regularly pass.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lower Elbe valley. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.