Lower Rhine

Country/territory: Germany

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2002)
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Area: 48,295 ha

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 very high not assessed medium
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Site description (baseline)
A low-lying area around the River Rhine, predominantly humid grassland. An anthropogenic landscape with hedgerows and pollarded Salix trees, and a dyked area in the north of the IBA.

Key biodiversity
This is an important passage and wintering area for waterbirds, particularly geese. The site regularly holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (wintering), Branta ruficollis (wintering).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lower Rhine. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.