The site is part of the Bremer wet-grassland belt, comprising agricultural meadows and pasture traversed by ditches. Areas of reed Phragmites and wet scrub are found between the Senator-Appelt-Straße and Neustädter harbour.
This site is also an important habitat for breeding and passage waterbirds and waders. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (breeding).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Niedervieland, Ochtumniederung. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2019.