The flood-plain of the Rivers Saale and Elster, including alluvial forest and wet meadows.
Two hundred and fifty-two species have been recorded. The site holds high densities of raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (resident and passage), Otis tarda (passage) and Acrocephalus paludicola (passage).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saale-Elster valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/10/2020.