Tyrolian Lech valley

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding upland forest species and breeding species associated with rivers, particularly with extensive shingle areas.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The most immediate threat to the valley are measures to regulate the river and planned power plants along tributaries. Shingle is extracted from several areas of the river. Further threats come from the expansion of the infrastructure, refuse tipping on shingle beds (`Other' threat) and recreational activities.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tyrolian Lech valley. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.