The site comprises the 70 km stretch of the Odra valley between Narok town (by Opole town) and Wroc³aw city. The valley is forested mainly with hornbeam Carpinus, but there is also some riverine forest. Much of the site is meadows, pastures and fields. There are also numerous streams, oxbow lakes, areas of shallow water and bare silt remaining from former floods, and fish-ponds.
Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (up to two pairs), Haliaeetus albicilla (two pairs), Crex crex (4-5 pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is intensively drained and exploited.
National Low International None2 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Grodzisko Ryczyñskie, 2 ha). 5 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Kanigóra, 5 ha). 7 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (£acha Jelcz, 7 ha). 9 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Zwierzyniec, 9 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Oak-hornbeam forests in the Odra valley. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 29/06/2022.