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Location Poland, malopolskie
Central coordinates 20o 20.00' East  50o 4.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 11,880 ha
Altitude 175 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków



Site description Niepo³omice forest lies in lightly undulating country at the confluence of the Wis³a (Vistula) and Raba rivers (the Karpaty Plateau rapids). The forest is drained by the Drwinka river, which bisects the site. The southern part is densely forested, dominated by pine Pinus or mixed oak Quercus/Pinus. Dry-ground forest of hornbeam Carpinus is dominant in the northern part, but there is also riverine forest of alder Alnus, wooded meadows, and oxbow lakes at various stages of silting up. Stands are predominantly young, but in some places there is still some old-growth forest. The forest is surrounded by meadows and arable land, and adjoins a dozen or so villages.

Key Biodiversity A total of 180 species have been recorded, including 115 breeders or probable breeders, and 60 migrants.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ural Owl Strix uralensis breeding  2008  21-30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius breeding  2007-2008  150-210 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  2003-2009  430-820 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Debina Nature Reserve 12 protected area contained by site 13  
Dóugosz Królewski Nature Reserve 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Gibiel Nature Reserve 29 protected area contained by site 29  
Kolo w Puszczy Niepolomickiej Nature Reserve 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Koto Grobli - PLH120008 Habitats Directive 600 protected area overlaps with site 334  
Lipówka Nature Reserve 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Lipówka - PLH120010 Habitats Directive 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Puszcza Niepotomicka - PLB120002 Birds Directive 11,762 protected area contained by site 11,762  
Rezerwat hodowlany ÿubra nizinnego Nature Reserve 150 protected area contained by site 150  
Torfowisko Wielkie Btoto - PLH120080 Habitats Directive 348 protected area contained by site 348  
Wiolisko Kobyle Nature Reserve 7 protected area contained by site 7  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  75%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  20%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  3%
Artificial - terrestrial   3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 85%
agriculture 15%
hunting -

Protection status National Low International None25 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (D³ugosz Królewski, 25 ha). 13 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Dêbina, 13 ha). 29 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Gibiel, 29 ha). 3 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ko³o w Puszczy Niepo³omickiej, 3 ha). 25 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Lipówka, 25 ha). 150 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Rezerwat hodowlany ¿ubra nizinnego, 150 ha). 7 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Wiœlisko Kobyle, 7 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Niepolomice forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/12/2014

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