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Location Poland, zachodnio-pomorskie
Central coordinates 14o 20.00' East  53o 50.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4
Area 8,893 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków

Site description A delta (growing in the direction of Szczeciñski lagoon) which contains natural and artificial channels of the Œwina river, with numerous islands. The site also covers the south-west coast of Wolin island and the south-east part of Uznam island adjoining the Piastowski channel. The plant community is very rich. Most of the forest is old-growth (130-150 years), dominated by alder Alnus, mixed birch/oak Betula/Quercus and beech/oak Fagus/Quercus. Open areas are dominated by saltmarsh, rush Scirpus and reedbeds Phragmites. The latter completely cover some islets and almost all shores of the other islands. A very small area is used as arable land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Smew Mergellus albellus passage  2002  1,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser passage  2002  12,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  2004-2009  8,000-14,300 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata passage  2000-2009  96 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola breeding  2009  11-12 males only  good  C1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2002-2008  35,000 individuals  good  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Delta of the Swina river Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 30,703 protected area overlaps with site 7,940  
Delta of the Swina river Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 52,467 protected area overlaps with site 899  
Delta Swiny - PLB320002 Birds Directive 11,008 protected area overlaps with site 7,766  
Ujscie Odry i Zalew Szczecinski - PLH320018 Habitats Directive 52,612 protected area overlaps with site 899  
Wolin i Uznam - PLH320019 Habitats Directive 30,792 protected area overlaps with site 7,941  
Wolinski PN National Park 10,937 protected area overlaps with site 2,000  
Zalew Szczecinski - PLB320009 Birds Directive 47,195 protected area overlaps with site 899  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Native coniferous woodland  27%
Grassland Humid grasslands  15%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Ruderal land  6%
Other   2%
Coastline Salt marshes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
fisheries/aquaculture 30%
forestry 5%
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation 10%
not utilised 10%
other 10%

Protection status National Partial International None2,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Woliñski, 10,937 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Delta of the Swina river. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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