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Location Poland, lubelskie,mazowieckie,swietokrzyskie
Central coordinates 21o 50.00' East  51o 13.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 6,526 ha
Altitude 120 m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków

Site description An unmodified part of the Wis³a (Vistula) riverbed, 36 km long, with meanders, high banks, numerous islands and sandbars, from Józefów town to Kazimierz Dolny town. The islands vary in character, from low, bare sandy islets to larger, higher islands, covered with willow Salix scrub, forest of Salix and poplar Populus, hay meadows and pasture. The river is extensively used by boat traffic.

Key Biodiversity Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (10 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  2004-2009  7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  2004-2009  282-350 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2004-2009  118-133 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus breeding  2004-2009  10-15 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kazimierski Park Krajobrazowy Landscape Park 14,961 protected area overlaps with site 400  
Krowia Wyspa Nature Reserve 62 protected area contained by site 62  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  3%
Shrubland Scrub  3%
Grassland Humid grasslands  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  80%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
tourism/recreation 20%
hunting -

Protection status National Partial International None62 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Krowia Wyspa, 62 ha). 400 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Park (Kazimierski, 13,670 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Malopolska Wisla river gap. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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