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Wetlands of the Zeller See South Shore


One of the last expansive wetlands of Pinzgau in Salzburger Land is to be found on the southern shore of the lake Zeller See, Salzburg, Austria.

The south shore of the lake Zeller See harbour a nature jewel, a vast, even moorland amidst a stunning alpine scenery. The wetlands with its lowland moor and wetland meadows give shelter to a variety of plants and animals that have become quite rare today.

This moorland was declard a nature sanctuary, parts are protected landscape and is partly within the EUwide Natura 2000 network of nature protection areas.One can find rare and characteristic fauna and flora.

The reserve has a variety of species that are typical of wetlands and moorlands. In addition to special grasshoppers, dragonflies and other insects are also amphibians and birds such as the Common Snipe, Yellow Wagtail, or shy Corncrake.

In 1972, approximately 200 hectares have been declared a "protected landscape to the Salzburg Nature Conservation Act". Since 2014, the northern part of the reserve is within the EUwide Natura 2000 network of nature protection areeas, based upon the "Habitas Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora".


Litter Meadow

The extensive agricultural use created a very diverse landscape - the litter meadows.

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Plants of wet meadows

The variety of habitats on the Zeller See south shore make them an important refuge of rare marsh and wetland plants.

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Breeding Birds

Lake Zell south shore is of great importance as breeding place for the wetland avivauna of Salzburg and Austria.

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Migratory Birds

The lake Zeller See and the vast wetlands to the south are an important resting place for migratory and wintering birds.

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The wet litter meadows with their diverse flora are ideal habitat for a variety of insects such as butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers.

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The landscape was created by nature and human activities. The marsh and wet meadows were drained and used for extensive agriculture. 

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The nature reserve of lake Zeller See is habitat for a variety of animal species. Many of them are endangered and therefore protected.

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nominated since 2014

Natura 2000