Includes a riverine island (Pagensand) and the edges of the tidal River Elbe, along with riverine forest, pasture, reedbeds (Phragmites) and arable land. Human activities include intensive agriculture and wildfowl hunting.
The site holds more than 20,000 passage waterbirds on a regular basis. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (11 breeding pairs).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pinneberg Elbe lowlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/07/2020.