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.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Alpine pastures and forests are threatened by more intensive management practices, especially forest roads and afforestation with Picea. Tourist developments are an additional threat.
National Partial International Partial1,400 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Bodensee-Sattenbachtal, 1,400 ha). 1,200 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Klafferkessel, 1,200 ha). 6,245 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Krakau-Schoeder, 6,245 ha). 1,337 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Riesachtal, 1,337 ha). 137,742 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Niedere Tauern, 137,742 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Niedere Tauern. Downloaded from
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