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Location Poland, kujawsko-pomorskie
Central coordinates 19o 14.00' East  52o 31.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3
Area 4,395 ha
Altitude 30 m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków

Site description The site covers Rakutowskie lake (c.300 ha) and the surrounding, periodically flooded sedge meadows, as well as adjoining wet riverine forest and carr. The eastern part of the site includes a wet area of the K³ótnia river with overgrown peat-workings. Rakutowskie lake is rather shallow (average 2.5 m) with a flat shore fringed by a broad belt (100-150 m) of marginal vegetation. Due to (relatively small) water-level fluctuations, the lake area can vary by up to 60-70 ha. Floating and submerged vegetation is rich and a large part of the lake bottom is covered by stonewort Chara.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  2007-2008  8,000 individuals  poor  C3  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  2004-2009  1,500-3,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata passage  2005-2007  44 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Btota Któcienskie - PLH040031 Habitats Directive 3,899 protected area overlaps with site 3,887  
Btota Rakutowskie - PLB040001 Birds Directive 4,438 protected area contains site 4,395  
Jezioro Rakutowskie Nature Reserve 414 protected area contained by site 414  
Olszyny Rakutowskie Nature Reserve 175 protected area contained by site 175  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  22%
Grassland Humid grasslands  13%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  17%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  46%
Other   2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
forestry 35%
nature conservation and research 30%

Protection status National Partial International None414 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Jezioro Rakutowskie, 414 ha). 175 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Olszyny Rakutowskie, 175 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rakutowskie swamps. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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