German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


* Inland salt meadows

NATURA 2000 Code: *1340


Non-coastal natural salt basins made up of a complex of habitat types consisting of zones of seepage of saline water, running or stagnant saline water with adjacent typical halophilous vegetation (i.a. salt meadows with Puccinellia distans, Juncus gerardii, and reed beds of brackish waters). Secondary anthropogenic non-coastal salt basins resulting from mining operations, salt polluted rivers, salt applications, and other anthropogenic impacts are not included, except where remaining natural (primary) examples of the habitat in the physiographic or biogeographical region have largely been destroyed.

Notes on habitat mapping:

This habitat type includes the entire salt-influenced area of the non-coastal salt basin. The presence of the relevant syntaxa can be used as the criterion for delimitation. Areas which are free of vegetation, e.g. where salt crystallizes, are to be included. At least one small salt water course or a salt spring, or the relevant vegetation must be identifiable. The exclusive presence of Juncus gerardii, Bolboschoenus or Phragmites is not sufficient in this case. At least 2-3 further salt-tolerant or halophilous plant species must be present. The only deviation from this rule is permissible in cases where there are historic records of further characteristic species and where the stand is currently in poor condition.

Smaller areas outside of the area of saline influence may be included into the complex for delimitation purposes.

Last Change: 15/12/2011