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Location Poland, lubuskie,zachodnio-pomorskie
Central coordinates 14o 21.00' East  53o 7.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 58,230 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków



Site description The valley of the Odra river between Kostrzyn town, Szczeciñski lagoon (c.150 km long) and D¹bie lake. At its widest part the Odra has two main channels˜the Eastern Odra and the Regalica. The area between the main channels is a marshy plain with oxbow lakes and many smaller channels, and is covered by fens, seasonally flooded meadows, swamps and riparian forest. D¹bie lake is a large, shallow delta-lake (5,600 ha, up to 4 m deep). Human activities include boat traffic, cattle-grazing and haymaking, angling, and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta passage  2002-2008  8,600 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Bean Goose Anser fabalis winter  2002-2008  37,800 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  2002-2008  25,400 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  2002-2008  32,500 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  2002-2008  4,000-5,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  2002-2008  875 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  2002-2008  2,160 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula passage  2002-2008  43,300 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila winter  1991-2003  1,000-5,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila passage  2002-2008  4,100 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus winter  2002-2008  920 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus passage  2002-2008  460 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser passage  1991-2003  3,000-5,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser winter  2002-2008  7,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  2004-2008  39-45 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  2004-2008  2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  2004-2008  7-9 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  2004-2008  20-25 breeding pairs  good  C1, C6  Near Threatened 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  2004-2008  19-20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  2004-2008  65-75 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2008  360-380 males only  good  C1, C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  2004-2008  30-40 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  2002-2008  16,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  2004-2008  110-120 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus passage  2004-2008  1,500 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2004-2008  10-32 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  2004-2008  120-140 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola breeding  2004-2008  3-7 males only  good  C1  Vulnerable 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  2004-2008  45-55 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2002-2008  50,000-150,000 individuals  good  C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2002-2008  25,000-55,000 individuals  good  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cedynski Park Krajobrazowy Landscape Park 30,850 protected area contained by site 30,850  
Dolina Dolnej Odry Landscape Park 6,009 protected area contained by site 6,009  
Dolina Dolnej Odry - PLB320003 Birds Directive 61,648 protected area overlaps with site 54,527  
Dolna Odra - PLH320037 Habitats Directive 29,536 protected area overlaps with site 25,710  
Kurowskie Bóota Nature Reserve 31 protected area contained by site 31  
Ostoja Cedynska - PLB320017 Birds Directive 20,871 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Puszcza Goleniowska - PLB320012 Birds Directive 25,039 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Ujscie Warty - PLC080001 Birds Directive 33,297 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  31%
Grassland Humid grasslands  25%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  24%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  19%
Other   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
hunting 55%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
tourism/recreation 10%

Protection status National Partial International None31 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Kurowskie B³ota, 31 ha). 30,850 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Park (Cedyñski, 30,850 ha). 6,009 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Park (Dolina Dolnej Odry, 6,009 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lower Odra river valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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