Lower Mur valley

Country/territory: Austria

IBA Criteria met: B2, C6 (2009)
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Area: 13,885 ha

BirdLife Austria

Site description
The River Mur forms the border between Austria and Slovenia. The river flow is completely regulated. Riverine forest still exists but parts are no longer flooded. The agricultural land compromises a mosaic of arable fields, patches of forest and woodland, and small fish-ponds. Mixed forests dominate the valley sides, although in many places they have been replaced by Picea plantations.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for a number of breeding riverine forest and river species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lower Mur valley. Downloaded from on 31/01/2023.