Lower Odra river valley

Country/territory: Poland

IBA criteria met: C1, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2010)
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Area: 58,230 ha

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed very high medium
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Site description (2000 baseline)
The valley of the Odra river between Kostrzyn town, Szczeciñski lagoon (c.150 km long) and D¹bie lake. At its widest part the Odra has two main channels˜the Eastern Odra and the Regalica. The area between the main channels is a marshy plain with oxbow lakes and many smaller channels, and is covered by fens, seasonally flooded meadows, swamps and riparian forest. D¹bie lake is a large, shallow delta-lake (5,600 ha, up to 4 m deep). Human activities include boat traffic, cattle-grazing and haymaking, angling, and hunting.

Key biodiversity
One of the most important places in Poland for roosting geese Anser and Grus grus on autumn passage, with up to 40,000-45,000 Anser fabalis and A. albifrons in the area.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lower Odra river valley. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.