South-eastern Alb and Upper Danube valley

Country/territory: Germany

IBA Criteria met: B2, B3, C6 (2002)
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Area: 104,772 ha

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union

Site description
The heterogeneous landscape of the Swabian Alb is composed mainly of extensive, rough Juniperus grassland and large, coherent blocks of mature forest situated on the Alb plateau. The slopes of the Alb are characterized by forest, steppe-heath, cliffs and slag-heaps. The valleys hold riverine forest, stream habitats and tall herb communities.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding raptors, Lullula arborea and Lanius excubitor. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (2-7 breeding pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South-eastern Alb and Upper Danube valley. Downloaded from on 02/02/2023.