Salzburg  >  Austria

The Weidmoos was declared an EU bird sanctuary in 2001. The nature reserve consists of an abandoned peat extraction area of about 135 hectares.

Added* by Maximilian Hanusch
Most recent update 1 September 2022


The Weidmoos was originally an extensive raised bog. For many decades, peat was extracted here on an industrial level. After abandonment, the Weidmoos developed into a bird habitat of European significance. Over 150 species of bird have been identified so far. The Bluethroat is often to be seen at the Weidmoos, whilst Marsh Harrier preys over the extensive reeded areas, and rare waders and waterfowl such as Snipe and Spotted Crake are breeding here. Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Purple Heron and other migrating birds use the Weidmoos as an important stopover site.



The area is easily accessible by car. Free parking at the entrance to the nature reserve. The area is also reachable by train via the Salzburger Lokalbahn. From the train station Lamprechtshausen, it takes an additional 20 minutes by bike or about 1 hour by foot. From the parking the circular walk is about 1,8 km long.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Mud flats , Reedbeds , Moors/heathland , Grassland


Flat , Wet , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Spring


Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The nature reserve is accessible by wheelchair and offers a wheelchair friendly observation platform. The observation tower and the hide are not accessible by wheelchair. There´s a built-in spotting scope at the observation tower for free use.


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