Liwiec river valley

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A 140 km long stretch of the Liwiec river valley. Some stretches have a natural character, along others the river is regulated. In some places the riverbanks are flat, covered by meadows and wet pastures, in other places they are high. There are fens and transitional mires, used as meadows and pastures, as well as riverine forests. On the riverbanks and some higher areas there are also pine Pinus woods. There are two small pond complexes (48 ha, 70 ha).

Key biodiversity
A total of 120 species had been recorded breeding by 1980. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Gallinago media (one pair).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
In 1992 and 1993 the valley was drained, which caused a significant reduction in bird numbers. A Landscape Park (`Dolina Liwca') is planned, as are some Nature Reserves.

Protected areas
National Partial International None1,500 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Park (Nadbu¿añski, 53,680 ha). 3,600 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape Area (Siedlecko-Wêgrowski, 35,840 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Liwiec river valley. Downloaded from on 05/07/2020.