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Location Poland, malopolskie
Central coordinates 19o 19.00' East  49o 56.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 5,855 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków



Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2007-2009  30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  2007-2009  280 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  2007-2009  400-524 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 very high not assessed low
  unset
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture - subsistence/artisinal aquaculture happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Climate change and severe weather temperature extremes happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution excess energy - noise pollution happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Other   350 350 100 good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland)   300 300 100 good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland)   2000 2000 100 good (> 90%) favourable

Ixobrychus minutus 15 15 breeding pairs 100 not assessed
Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night-heron 150 150 breeding pairs 100 not assessed
Chlidonias hybrida Whiskered Tern 180 180 breeding pairs 100 not assessed

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dolina Dolnej Skawy - PLB120005 Birds Directive 7,082 protected area overlaps with site 4,168  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   6%
Grassland   17%
Artificial - terrestrial   49%
Wetlands (inland)   22%
Other   6%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lower Skawa River Valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2014

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