Western Waldviertel

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
This area lies on the Bohemian Mass, a large plateau in northern Austria. The landscape is hilly with stands of conifer and mixed forest, rivers, and a few fish-ponds. A fine-scale habitat mosaic of arable fields, grassland, hedges and small woodlands exists. Agriculture is still of comparatively low intensity.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for species found in areas of mixed, low-intensity agriculture. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (4 breeding pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Agricultural intensification, particularly field enlargement, is a potential threat.

Protected areas
National None International Partial6,100 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Waldviertler Teich, Heide und Moorlandschaften, 54,486 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Western Waldviertel. Downloaded from on 02/12/2021.