Biebrza National Park, in northeastern Poland, is a beautiful patchwork of forest, river and marshlands.
Protecting Europe’s largest marsh and swamp area, this is a landscape of truly international importance. The Park is based around the wide flat valleys of the Biebrza and Narew rivers in Poland’s North East. It is home to many bird species, including White Tailed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, White & Black Stork, Marsh, Hen and Montagu’s Harriers, as well as Wolf, Elk, Deer, Wild Boar, Beaver (‘Biebrza’ in Polish) and many more.
In recent years, Poland’s NPWS decided to increase the area within Biebrza National Park that is to be covered by total protection. The Park covers a total of 60,000 hectares and is Poland’s largest NP. Of this, 7,200 hectares now make up totally protected forest lands, an increase of 60%. Total protection means lands are kept away from man’s intervention. Nature is left to her own devices.
Biebrza NP has also begun the process of application to become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which would give the Park even greater prestige. Poland already boasts ten such reserves. [Ireland, by the way, has two at North Bull Island and Killarney NP.]
Biebrza National Park, NE Poland
Visit the website of Biebrza National Park (in Polish).
If you’d like to join our next birdwatching and wildlife spotting tour to Poland in May 2019, please call me on 086-8318748 or drop me a line to info[at]barrysguidedtours.com.