Milicz Fishponds Nature Reserve
- Site number:758
- Area:5,298.2 ha
- Designation date:24-10-1995
- Coordinates:51°31'N 17°14'E
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The Ramsar Site includes five separate sub-sites featuring fishpond complexes that have been in place for several centuries; it also features marshlands, meadows and forests, while most of the ponds are surrounded by a wide belt of rushes. The ponds are fed by the waters of the Barycz river; the water quality is high because of the lack of industry and low population density of the river’s catchment area. The Reserve hosts 137 breeding bird species, of which many are rare, and over 50 further migrant species pass through. Large flocks of ducks, geese and other waterbirds gather during their spring and autumn migrations. There are also numerous species of rare plants found in the reserve, mainly aquatic species. Nature trails have been established, as well as two sightseeing spots with observation towers. The ornithological station of the University of Wrocław, located in Ruda Milicka at the edge of the Reserve, plays a significant educational and information role. Human intrusions and disturbance and invasive species are among the most important threats to the area; a management plan has been in place since 2013.
- National legal designation:
- Landscape Park - Park Krajobrazowy Dolina Baryczy (Barycz Valley Landscape Park)
- Nature Reserve - Rezerwat Przyrody Stawy Milickie (Milicz Fishponds Nature Reserve)
- Regional (international) legal designations:
- EU Natura 2000
- Last publication date:24-01-2019