164. Proclamation of the Federal Chancellor concerning the scope of the Convention on wetlands, especially as a Habitat for water birds and Charadriiformes, of international importance
Notification of the following Ramsar area in accordance with article 2 paragraph 5 of the Convention on wetlands, especially as Habitat for water birds and Charadriiformes, by international Services1
Ramsar site Güssinger fish ponds
Heart of the area comprising 148 ha are the eponymous Güssinger fish ponds on the outskirts of the town of Güssing. This pond complex includes a large main pond and - through dams separated from this - three smaller ponds. The delimitation of the area followed in the town of Güssing the dividing line between the meadows upstream the silting up reeds and the built-up area as well as in the southern village of St. Nikolaus. St. Nikolaus the southern and southwestern border of the area follow a dirt track (marked as hiking trail) in the Valley of the cat Creek, past the village of Rosenberg to the foot of the flood back retaining dam southwest of Krottendorf. The western boundary to the bed of the cat Creek runs at the foot of the dam. The cat Creek following the northern boundary of the area runs back to the town of Güssing, where it again passes before the public bath on the dividing line between pond and built-up area.
In addition to fish ponds and their extensive silting up vegetation, the Ramsar site includes also holdings of wet meadows (remnants of the former flood meadows in the Valley of the cat) and smaller forest areas, which have similar lowland forest character in part. Occasionally there are also small-scale afforestation.
The centrality of the Ramsargebietes lies in the diverse community of species, particularly birds and plants. So, two as worldwide are threatened to meet classified species of birds regularly here with ferruginous duck and white-tailed eagle. In addition, the area is home to occurrence of a number of animal and plant species of red list, which are essential for the conservation of biodiversity of southern Burgenland. The Güssinger ponds represent a water bird breeding site of national importance. Important occurrence of endangered wetland plants can be found (E.g., water nut, yellow day lily, Lung gentian) on ponds itself as well as in the adjacent wet meadows. This meaning is mainly on the age of the pond plants, due to their large size and very natural, grown over the centuries shaping associated their River areas.
The Güssinger ponds also represent an important waterfowl resting place on the train route between Danube/March / Neusiedler Lake region and the Adriatic Sea.
The authorization to submit of such notification was signed by the Federal President on 2 may 2013 and countersigned by the Federal Chancellor; the above area was recorded with 5 June 2013 in the list of "Wetlands of international importance".