Poleski National Park

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Poleski National Park

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  • Area: 
    9,762 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    51°16'N 23°27'E
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Poleski National Park. 29/10/02; Lubelskie; 9,762 ha; 51°17'N 023°27'E. National Park, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, NATURA 2000 SPA. A unique complex of shallow lakes and mires, ranging from raised bogs to transitional and calcareous mires and rare alkaline fens with vegetation indicating some features of tundra and woodland tundra in its most westernmost location, situated at the watershed between the basins of the Bug and Wieprz rivers in southeastern Poland bordering with Ukraine and part of the European Ecological Corridor of the Bug River. Forest communities vary from pine woods to alder swamps with a typical hollow-and-mound structure. The site supports a wide range of about 146 breeding bird species including very rare raptors such as Lesser Spotted Eagle, Hen Harrier and Montagu's Harrier. The only sparsely populated area, which hosts a rich cultural heritage of traditional wooden cottages, is used for extensive agriculture, fishing and forestry. Agricultural facilities in the surrounding area are affecting the site through water pollution. Since 2002 the National Park is also forms the core zone of the West Polesie Biosphere Reserve, and it is planned to be identified as a transboundary Polish-Ukrainian Ramsar site in the future. Ramsar site no. 1565. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Lubelskie Voievodeship

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
    • European Ecological Corridor of the Bug River
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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