Biala Forest

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
One of the largest remaining complexes of natural forest in the Mazowsze region, situated between the Bug and the Narew rivers, and drained by the Brok, Struga, Truche³ka, Turka and Wymakacz rivers. Stands are 40-80 years old, in more or less dense tracts, interspersed with meadows, ponds and willow Salix scrub. Seventy percent of the forest is a monoculture of pine Pinus or is mixed forest of oak Quercus and Pinus, 10% is broadleaved dominated by hornbeam Carpinus, and the rest is broadleaved riverine forest. Two fish-pond complexes and a dozen or so villages are located in the middle of the site.

Key biodiversity
A total of 193 species have been recorded. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Gallinago media.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Current forest management poses a threat to birds.

Protected areas
National Low International None15 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Bartnia [Bird Reserve], 15 ha). 6 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Pop³awy, 6 ha). 7 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Wielgolas, 7 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Biala Forest. Downloaded from on 28/03/2023.