IBA criteria met: B2 (2009)
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Area: 13,194 ha
Site description (baseline)
The upper course of the River Lech is largely unregulated and its course has large areas of sand and shingle with surrounding riverine forest of Salix and Alnus, and extensive areas of Pinus on drier sites. The lower slopes of the valley are covered by intensively utilized conifer and mixed forests. The valley floor contains non-intensively managed grasslands, orchards and several settlements.
The site is important for breeding upland forest species and breeding species associated with rivers, particularly with extensive shingle areas.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tyrolian Lech valley. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/3250 on 09/06/2023.