Strzeleckie forests

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
A densely forested area at the confluence of the Bug and We³nianka rivers. Forest is dominated by dry-ground species, e.g. hornbeam Carpinus; riverside forest (alder Alnus) and coniferous forest (spruce Picea) cover only a small part of the area. The site is surrounded by meadows on almost all sides.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is the loss of meadows (especially in glades within the forest), due to abandonment of hay harvesting and to afforestation. This is considered to have reduced the number of breeding pairs of Aquila pomarina in the forest (from 17-20 pairs at the start of the 1990s to 15 pairs currently).

Protected areas
National High International None8,500 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Park (Strzelecki, 9,035 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Strzeleckie forests. Downloaded from on 21/09/2023.