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 channelsthe 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.
Key Biodiversity One of the most important places in Poland for roosting geese Anser and Grus grus on autumn passage, with up to 40,000-45,000 Anser fabalis and A. albifrons in the area.
Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation
Artificial - terrestrial
Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land
Extent (% of site)
Protection statusNational 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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