Mires of the Sauerfelder Wald
- Site number:1368
- Area:119 ha
- Designation date:02-02-2004
- Coordinates:47°07'N 13°54'E
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Mires of the Sauerfelder Wald. 02/02/04; Salzburg; 119 ha; 47°07'N 013°54'E. A mountain range south of the Überling, with mires that are less numerous than in the Überling, but very different, thus adding importantly to the wetland diversity of the region. The subalpine continental climate is similar to boreal conditions. The hydrogenetic mire types are percolating mires, flush fens, spring fens and bogs. In most cases, the vegetation indicates acid conditions. Outstanding is the prevailing spruce-peatmoss community (Pino mugo-Sphagnetum magellanici, facies of Picea abis) of the bog, rare in the Alps and only known from very few other places. Remarkable for the biogeographical region of the Alps is the occurrence of the boreal species Betula nana (Dwarf Birch), Vaccinium microcarpum (a cranberry species), as well as the Empetro hermaphroditi-Sphagnetum fusci (Crowberry-Brown peatmoss community). The mires of the Sauerfelder Wald are all natural, not even affected by grazing; their only use is for hunting. The Ramsar Site should be extended over the whole mountain range in the next few years. Ramsar site no. 1368. Most recent RIS information: 2003.
- Last publication date:02-02-2004