Narew River National Park

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Narew River National Park

  • Country: 
    Poland
  • Site number: 
    1564
  • Area: 
    7,350 ha
  • Designation date: 
    29-10-2002
  • Coordinates: 
    53°04'N 22°52'E
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Overview

Narew River National Park. 29/10/02; Podlaski; 7,350 ha; 53°04'N 022°52'E. National Park. A 35-km section of a natural swampy valley with a well-developed system of bends, oxbows and highly sinuous riverbed breaking through moraine hills. Depending on water table, several vegetation zones from aquatic, immersed with mosses and sedges to softwoods with xeric vegetation can be distinguished. That includes about 30 associations of reed bed and aquatic plants, such as communities of water lilies, whirled water milfoil and common frogbit, besides meadow and xeric as well as willow shrubs and forest communities. Traditionally the meadows were used for cattle grazing and haymaking, but recent social and economic transformations led to a cessation of mowing and grazing management, causing a shrinking of open biotopes and a decrease of local biodiversity. The main potential threat is a diminished water input upstream in view of the Siemianowka dam at the Belarus-Polish border and the water pollution caused from towns upstream. A local historical mansion hosts both a visitor centre and the museum of the Narew river swamps, and there are tourist trails, two observation hides, and an educational path. Ramsar site no. 1564. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Podlasie Voievodeship (Województwo Podlaskie)

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
  • Last publication date: 
    01-01-2005

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