Niepo³omice forest lies in lightly undulating country at the confluence of the Wis³a (Vistula) and Raba rivers (the Karpaty Plateau rapids). The forest is drained by the Drwinka river, which bisects the site. The southern part is densely forested, dominated by pine Pinus or mixed oak Quercus/Pinus. Dry-ground forest of hornbeam Carpinus is dominant in the northern part, but there is also riverine forest of alder Alnus, wooded meadows, and oxbow lakes at various stages of silting up. Stands are predominantly young, but in some places there is still some old-growth forest. The forest is surrounded by meadows and arable land, and adjoins a dozen or so villages.
A total of 180 species have been recorded, including 115 breeders or probable breeders, and 60 migrants.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Air pollution by industry threatens forest trees and other wildlife.
National Low International None25 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (D³ugosz Królewski, 25 ha). 13 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Dêbina, 13 ha). 29 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Gibiel, 29 ha). 3 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ko³o w Puszczy Niepo³omickiej, 3 ha). 25 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Lipówka, 25 ha). 150 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Rezerwat hodowlany ¿ubra nizinnego, 150 ha). 7 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Wilisko Kobyle, 7 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Niepolomice forest. Downloaded from
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