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Location Poland, wielkopolskie
Central coordinates 16o 25.00' East  52o 58.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C3, C4, C6
Area 15,280 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków

Site description The site comprises the stretch of the lower Noteæ river valley between the Gwda inflow and Wieleñ town. Along the river there are flood-plain terraces and oxbow lakes, with extensive riverine forests, large reedbeds, fens and flooded meadows, and peat workings covered by water-fringe vegetation and scattered trees. Soils range from permanently wet to highly drained, and in some places have been converted to arable land.

Key Biodiversity Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (one pair feeds in the area, nesting nearby). Other notable breeding species include Limosa limosa (70 pairs) and Chlidonias niger (52 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  2007  11,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2007  151 males only  good  C1  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa breeding  2003-2009  9-14 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata breeding  2003  19 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  2003  74-76 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2003-2007  23,000-25,000 individuals  good  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Czapliniec Kuznicki Nature Reserve 5 protected area contained by site 5  
OChK Dolina Noteci Protected Landscape Area 72,073 protected area contains site 10,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  90%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%
hunting -

Protection status National High International None5 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Czapliniec KuŸnicki, 5 ha). 10,000 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape Area (Dolina Noteci, 68,840 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Notec river flood-plain. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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