Marshy Valley of the Narew River

Country/territory: Poland

IBA criteria met: C1, C4, C6 (2010)
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Area: 24,730 ha

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IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2009 not assessed very high medium
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Site description (2000 baseline)
A marshy stretch of the Narew valley, spanning 58 km between Sura¿ town and ¯ó³tki village, and from 300 m to 4 km wide. The valley has a natural character between Sura¿ and Rzêdziny towns and is periodically flooded. The Narew is a braided, meandering river, and creates a system which occupies the whole width of the valley floor in some places. There is a very rich mosaic of plant communities˜mainly beds of reed Phragmites and sedge Carex, alder Alnus forest and riverside scrub of willow Salix.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (formerly one pair, now extinct here), Gallinago media (6-8 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Marshy Valley of the Narew River. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.