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European Conservation Areas

Siegendorf Puszta and Heathland

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The “European Conservation Area Siegendorf Puszta and Heathland“ covering 27.69 ha is situated about 4 km south-east of Siegendorf adjacent to the Ruster range of hills and can be subdivided into two parts:

The “Siegendorf Puszta” extending over 21.5 ha in the west is characterized by large, mostly open dry grassland and wetland.

 


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Hills and Terraces of the Southern Burgenland

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This area corresponds to the Landscape Protection Area “Hills and Terraces of the Southern Burgenland“ designated in 1974, plus the lower course of the River Strem down to the state border. The “Nature Park in the Weinidylle“,(Weinidylle is the name of an idyllic wine producing area) covers the south-eastern half of the area. At the southern end it directly borders on the Landscape Protection Area ”Kellerviertel Heiligenbrunn“, an area with old wine cellars.

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Zurndorf Oakforest and Hutweide, a former open grazing land

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The European Conservation Area is situated about 3 km south of Zurndorf in an arid valley that developed during the ice-ages in the north-eastern part of the tableland Parndorfer Platte. The area is divided into two almost completely different habitat types: The main part with about 100 ha is covered with wood. The ‘Hutweide’, a former open grazing land is situated in the north-east on the slopes of the arid valley. The Zurndorf Oak Forest is the best preserved forest stand of the Parndorfer Platte. About 70 ha of the heterogenous stands, small sites of which are utilized as low-forest, can be regarded as oak forest on loess (Aceri tatarici-Quercetum).

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Parndorfer Platte Tableland – Heathland

The 7,705 ha large SPA comprises parts of the Parndorfer Platte tableland, of the Leitha lowland and heathland. The pSCIs “Haidel near Nickelsdorf“ and “Zurndorfer Oak Forest“ are included in the SPA. The landscape of the Parndorfer Platte tableland is mainly characterized by far-reaching agricultural areas. Remaining parts of the dry grassland and oak forests as well as windbreaks and gravel pits form individual structures in a flat landscape. The similarly flat heathland that is homogenously used for agriculture is separated from the Parndorfer Platte tableland by the Leitha lowlands. Near the River Leitha there are extensive meadows, remaining parts of alluvial forests and tree species typically found on river banks so the landscape of the Leitha lowlands is much more richly structured than the other two above mentioned areas. Together these three areas form the habitat for a number of bird species listed in Annex I of the Bird Sanctuary Directive, in particular for the steppe birds occurring in Eastern Europe and Central Asia such as the Great Bustard (Otis tarda) and the Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca).

 

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