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).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The construction of polders and the diversion of the River Ochtum have been the focus of scientific study for the last 10 years. The designation of Ochtumniederung bei Brockhuchting (380 ha) as a Nature Protection Area is planned for the near future.
National Partial International PartialIBA overlaps with Landscape Protected Area. IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Niedervieland, Ochtumniederung. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 14/10/2019.