Saale-Elster valley

Country/territory: Germany

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2, C1, C6 (2002)
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Area: 5,819 ha

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union

Site description
The flood-plain of the Rivers Saale and Elster, including alluvial forest and wet meadows.

Key biodiversity
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).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saale-Elster valley. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.