Barycz river valley

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2010 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC breeding 2004-2008 6-10 breeding pairs C6
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC passage 2006-2008 6,000 individuals C3
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC passage 2006-2008 11,000-28,000 individuals C3
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 2005-2007 30-39 breeding pairs C1, C6
Little Crake Zapornia parva LC breeding 2004-2007 29-36 males C6
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 2009 8,000 individuals C2
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC breeding 1995-2003 15-20 breeding pairs C6
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 2006-2007 46-53 males C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 2006-2007 29-45 breeding pairs C6
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC passage 2009 1,500 individuals C2
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC breeding 2004-2009 7-115 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2004-2007 282-453 breeding pairs C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC breeding 2004-2007 59-92 breeding pairs C6
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC breeding 2004-2008 5-7 breeding pairs C6
Red Kite Milvus milvus LC breeding 2004-2009 10-15 breeding pairs C1, C6
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis LC breeding 2004-2007 60-90 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2004-2009 53,000-68,000 individuals C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2010).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2011 favourable not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Grus grus Common Crane 5562 10045 individuals 100 favourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Wzgórza Ostrzeszowskie i Kotlina Odolanowska (woj. wielkopolskie) Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 69,232 protected area is adjacent to site 1,700
Wydymacz Rezerwat Przyrody 49 protected area contained by site 49
Stawy Milickie Rezerwat Przyrody 5,298 protected area contained by site 5,324
Park Krajobrazowy Dolina Baryczy Park Krajobrazowy 86,179 protected area contains site 0
Ostoja nad Baryczą Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 82,026 protected area overlaps with site 51,933
Olszyny Niezgodzkie Rezerwat Przyrody 73 protected area contained by site 0
Milicz Fishponds Nature Reserve Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 5,324 protected area contained by site 5,325
Las Pardoliñski Nature Monument 5 protected area contained by site 5
Dolina Baryczy Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 55,517 protected area overlaps with site 55,280
Dolina Baryczy Landscape Park 87,040 protected area contains site 25,700


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Raised bogs, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land, Forestry plantations, Urban parks and gardens, Other urban and industrial areas, Ruderal land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
urban/industrial/transport -
hunting -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Barycz river valley. Downloaded from on 10/12/2023.