Niedere Tauern

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
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.

Key biodiversity
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.

Protected areas
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).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Niedere Tauern. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.