A mountainous area of broad glacial valleys. Below 1,900 m most areas are covered by intensively managed forest, with more natural conifer forest limited to steep slopes. The treeline ecotone is dominated by Alnus, Rhododendron, Vaccinium and, locally, Pinus. The highest areas are occupied by alpine pastures, alpine grassland, cliffs and rocky slopes.
An important site for species of alpine grassland, montane and subalpine forest.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Niedere Tauern. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/12/2019.