Malopolska Wisla river gap

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An unmodified part of the Wis³a (Vistula) riverbed, 36 km long, with meanders, high banks, numerous islands and sandbars, from Józefów town to Kazimierz Dolny town. The islands vary in character, from low, bare sandy islets to larger, higher islands, covered with willow Salix scrub, forest of Salix and poplar Populus, hay meadows and pasture. The river is extensively used by boat traffic.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (10 pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There is pollution from industrial development. Further canalization of the river is planned.

Protected areas
National Partial International None62 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Krowia Wyspa, 62 ha). 400 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Park (Kazimierski, 13,670 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malopolska Wisla river gap. Downloaded from on 23/01/2020.