Ilawa Forest

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
I³awa Forest Landscape Park is an extensive complex of forests interspersed among 31 lakes (0.5-163 ha), the latter varying widely in nutrient level from rich to poor. Jeziorak, the longest lake in Poland, contains many islands. The site falls mainly within the Drwêca catchment, but part is also drained by the Liwa, Osa and Dzie¿goñ rivers. Forest is dominated by pine Pinus, beech Fagus and alder carr Alnus. Lake shores are covered by reedbeds Phragmites and bogs.

Key biodiversity
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Birds are disturbed by fishery activities and also accidentally by forestry and tourism. Rare raptors are kept under surveillance each year by the Eagle Protection Committee.

Protected areas
National High International None12 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Czerwica [Bird Reserve], 12 ha). 106 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Jasne, 106 ha). 333 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Jezioro Gaudy [Bird Reserve], 333 ha). 25,045 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Park (Pojezierza I³awskiego, 25,045 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ilawa Forest. Downloaded from on 03/08/2020.