The site covers the lower course of the River Salzach, a section still free of power plants. Extensive areas of riverine forest remain close to Salzburg, whilst the lower section of the valley is a steep-sided gorge. In the north of the site, an area of agricultural land includes a high proportion of wet meadows.
The site is important for species associated with riverine forest and humid grassland.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salzach valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2019.