A lake with an island, adjacent peatbog (Kuhlrader Moor) and scrub (Alnus, Salix and Betula). Fishing takes place on the lake; the area around the peatbog is used for agriculture.
Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (breeding).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Schaalsee. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/01/2020.