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Bird Areas in Austria - English Summary -
The study entitled "Important
Bird Areas in Austria" carried out by BirdLife Austria on behalf of the
Austrian Environment Agency is part of an international project called
"Important Bird Areas in Europe". The aim of this project is to register
and document the most important bird areas in Europe according to standardized
See - Seewinkel National Park -
Lake Neusiedl in this park
has earned the well deserved title of "Jewel of European Nature". With
an average depth of only 1.60 metres, the lake, and its salty steppes,
is Europe's largest bird sanctuary. More than 300 different species live
and breed here, some of them extremely rare and unique to this area. More
information about the Neusiedler See.
National Park - The Danube Auen
(floodplain forests) in
Vienna and Lower Austria form the biggest, largely intact floodplain
forest landscape in Central Europe. The diversity of species that survive
in this damp "water-forest" is impressive. Over 5000 animal species are
represented in an area of 11 500 hectares. Among about 200 vertebrates,
there are some 40 species of mammal, 110 species of breeding bird, 10 species
of reptile, 10 species of amphibian and 50 species of fish; 70 of these
species are threatened with extinction. Checklist
of the birds of Donau-Auen
- Directory of Wetlands of International Importance - includes
information on all Austrian
Ramsar designated sites, including:
Austria - the Stubai Valley and area - by Martin Tribe.
Neusiedlersee, Seewinkel and
Stauseen am Unteren Inn
South of Innsbruck lies
the Stubaier Alps. In one valley in this area lies the small village of
Neustift im Stubaital. We spent a week here in late May 1995. The area
is a classic alpine biosphere: mountains and alpine forests and meadows.
Report: Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic -
July to 11 August 1994. By Gerard Joannes. The aim of this trip was mainly
to visit places and I did not do much bird-watching. I nevertheless saw
a few interesting things.
Report: Vienna and Neusiedl Lake (Austria),
June 14-18, 1997 - by Theo
Hofmann, Thornhill Ontario, Canada
Report: Neusiedler See and the Marchegg area (Austria),
20-25, 1998 by Venlig Hilsen and Henning R. Sørensen. We went to
the Neusiedler See, Austria where we visited the areas of Weiden - Seebad
- Sandeck - Zicklacke - Lange Lacke - Ober- and Unterstinker Lakes - Hansag
and Marchegg. The Neusiedler See area consist of 4,000 hectares and is
characterised by small, shallow saltwater pools with reed beds, and by
wide meadows. The area was preserved in the year 1992.
Report: Neusiedl Lake (Austria and Hungary), May 29 - June 5,
By Dirk Raes. Just back from guiding a birding-tour for Ro-Travel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and the ornithological society De Wielewaal (Belgium) to the Neusiedler-see
/ Seewinkel (Austria), hereby the trip-report. A great 142 score has been
Report: Austria, 15th - 20th April 2003, by James Hanlon.
Austria may be better known for its birds, but it's clear that the Alps
can also be productive if you know where to look and luck is on your
Report: Eastern Europe (Poland - Hungary - Croatia - Austria),
2003 - by: Rob van Bemmelen, Kasper Hendriks, Wesley Overman, and Ben Wielstra.
July 2003 was the moment for 4 young birders from The Netherlands to do
some interesting birding in the eastern part of Europe. July is of
course not the best time to go birding because most birds are relatively
non-active in summer. But, as all the participants attain some sort of
school during the rest of the year, a trip this long in spring was no option.
The group departed on Saturday the 28th of June and returned on Sunday
the 27th of July 2003.
Report: Austria & Croatia - 3rd - 28th June 2003. By Jeremy
& Sandra Götsch. This was a summer tour around Austria, cleaning
up a few birds that Sandra particularly wanted to see, then a 10-day trip
to Croatia, along the coast, returning inland. Effectively no information
was available to us before we visited Croatia, so we missed a lot.