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Location Poland, lubelskie,mazowieckie
Central coordinates 20o 37.00' East  52o 3.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 30,490 ha
Altitude 50 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków



Site description A large unregulated stretch of the Wis³a (Vistula) river, from Go³¹b village to P³ock town (226 km long), with numerous sand islands. Some islands are bare, others have a herb layer, and high islands have scrub of willow Salix and poplar Populus. There are sand-dunes. The riverbanks and flood terrace are used mainly for intensive collection of willow Salix stems (for planting on riverbanks, dunes, etc., and as material for crafts), and intensive cattle-grazing on meadows and pastures. The river is used by boat traffic.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2006-2009  5-15 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Not Recognised 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2006-2009  40-70 males only  good  C1  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  2007-2009  10-15 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  2007-2009  1,400-1,700 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2007-2009  420-540 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dolina Dolnej Pilicy - PLH140016 Habitats Directive 31,822 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Dolina Pilicy - PLB140003 Birds Directive 35,356 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Dolina Srodkowej Wisty - PLB140004 Birds Directive 30,778 protected area overlaps with site 25,238  
Kampinoska Dolina Wisty - PLH140029 Habitats Directive 20,659 protected area overlaps with site 12,089  
Ke/py Kazun/skie Nature Reserve 544 protected area contained by site 544  
Kepa Antoninska Nature Reserve 475 protected area contained by site 475  
Kepa Rakowska Nature Reserve 120 protected area contained by site 120  
Kêpa Wykowska Nature Reserve 248 protected area contained by site 248  
L/awice Kiel/pin/skie Nature Reserve 803 protected area contained by site 803  
Lachy Brzeskie Nature Reserve 476 protected area contained by site 476  
Lawice Troszynskie Nature Reserve 114 protected area contained by site 114  
Ostoja Kozienicka - PLB140013 Birds Directive 68,301 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Puszcza Kampinoska - PLC140001 Birds Directive 37,640 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Ruska Kêpa Nature Reserve 15 protected area contained by site 15  
Unknown Protected Landscape Area 220,000 protected area contains site 19,000  
Wikliny Wis/lane Nature Reserve 340 protected area contained by site 340  
Wyspy Biaóobrzeskie Nature Reserve 140 protected area contained by site 140  
Wyspy S/widerskie Nature Reserve 572 protected area contained by site 572  
Wyspy Zakrzewskie Nature Reserve 310 protected area contained by site 310  
Wyspy Zawadowskie Nature Reserve 530 protected area contained by site 530  
Zakole Zakroczymskie Nature Reserve 528 protected area contained by site 528  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  13%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  12%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  45%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Ruderal land  21%
Other   9%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
fisheries/aquaculture 30%
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation 30%
other 20%
urban/industrial/transport -
hunting -

Protection status National High International None5,215 ha of IBA covered by 14 Nature Reserves (Kêpa Antoniñska; Kêpa Rakowska; Kêpa Wykowska; Kêpy Kazuñskie; £achy Brzeskie; £awice Kie³piñskie; £awice Troszyñskie; Ruska Kêpa; Wikliny Wiœlane; Wyspy Bia³obrzeskie; Wyspy Œwiderskie; Wyspy Zakrzewskie; Wyspy Zawadowskie; Zakole Zakroczymskie; combined area of 5,215 ha). 19,000 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape Areas (names not available, total area 220,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Middle Vistula River Valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/07/2014

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