A large area of flood-plain, subject to irregular flooding by the River Havel, with Salix bushes, remnant alluvial forest, levees and the Schollener, Gülper and Pritzerber lakes.
The IBA is important as a stop-over site for passage wildfowl particularly geese (over 100,000 individuals), as well as being a migratory bottleneck, where up to 8,000 Grus grus regularly pass. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (non-breeding).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lower Havel - Lake Schollene - Lake Gülpe. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2019.