Lower Rhine

Year of compilation: 2000

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).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are the intensification of agriculture and urbanization of the landscape.

Protected areas
National None International PartialIBA overlaps with Ramsar Site and Special Protection Area.

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