Nature conservation plays an important role in the Upper Middle Rhine
Valley. Many of the particularly valuable slopes have been designated as conservation areas and/or enjoy European protection (Natura 2000 areas). Most of the landscape conservation zone between Bingen and Koblenz covers the
same terrain as the Rhineland-Palatinate section of the World Heritage Site.
The Hesse section of the Middle Rhine Valley is part of the Naturpark Rhein- Taunus, the northern, right-bank section of the Middle Rhine Valley in Rhineland-Palatinate from Bornhofen to Lahnstein lies within the Naturpark Nassau.
Between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz there are also a large number of designated nature conservation and FFH (Flora Fauna Habitat) areas as well as the European bird sanctuary Rheinauen near Bingen.
Outstanding Nature Conservation Areas:
Warm arid habitatsabound here. Over 650 different butterfly species occur here.