The site contains a range of habitats including Pinus, Quercus and wet forest, heathland, small bogs, standing fresh water and streams. There is an airport and the area is used for military purposes.
One hundred and seventy species have been recorded with 95 species breeding regularly. This is an important site for species associated with mixed woodland, heathland and open habitats, including Caprimulgus europaeus (up to 4 breeding pairs), Dendrocopos medius (32-35 breeding pairs) and Lullula arborea (up to 46 breeding pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are the expansion of the airport and the demise of traditional land-uses.
National Partial International NoneIBA overlaps with Nature Reserves.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wahner Heide. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 18/05/2021.