Surroundings of Mattersburg

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An open, diverse landscape near Mattersburg. The main land-use is low-intensity agriculture and the site consists of arable fields, orchards, grassland and groves dominated by Castanea sativa.

Key biodiversity
This site holds important numbers of birds associated with non-intensively managed orchards and open woodland.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include the abandonment of orchards, Castanea groves and hay-meadows, and the removal of old trees, nesting sites for Otus scops. Castanea stands are also threatened by a virus (`Other' threats). A two-year conservation project (1994-1995) has been completed, resulting in detailed management proposals.

Protected areas
National Low International None80 ha of IBA covered by protected area (Rohrbacher Kogel, 80 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Surroundings of Mattersburg. Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.