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Donau-March-Thaya-Auen. 16/12/82; NiederÖsterreich; 36,090 ha; 48°17'N 016°48'E. Added to the Montreux Record, 4 July 1990. Nature Reserve Protected Landscape Area. Bordering the Czech and Slovak Republics, and contiguous with Austria's Untere Lobau Ramsar site, the site consists of oxbow lakes, damp forests, and hay meadows subject to seasonal flooding, and comprises the largest remaining tract of near-natural riverine and floodplain forest in Central Europe. The site supports a diversity of nesting birds, including black and white storks (10 and 30 pairs, respectively). 650 plant species are present, several reaching the westernmost extent of their European distributions. Human activities include forestry, agriculture, hunting, fishing, sugar refining and recreation. Because of the proposed development of a hydro-power dam, its possible impacts, and the difficulty in maintaining the ecological character of riverine meadows and forests, the site was included in the Montreux Record in 1990. Subject of a Ramsar Advisory Mission in 1991. Ramsar site no. 272. Most recent RIS information: 2008.
Transboundary designation: 
Donau-March-Thaya-Auen Ramsar Site is part of the "Trilateral Ramsar Site Floodplains of the Morava-Dyje-Danube Confluence" established in June 2004, along with Untere Lobau Ramsar Site (No. 273) in Austria, Mokrady dolního Podyjí Ramsar Site (No. 635) in Czech Republic and Moravské luhy Ramsar Site (No. 604) in Slovakia.

Administrative region: 
Wien-Umgebung, Gänserndorf, Bruck an der Leitha, Mistelbach

  • National legal designation: 
    • landscape protection area
    • national park
    • natural monument
    • nature reserve
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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