Otmuchów reservoir

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A large storage reservoir on the Nysa K³odzka river, situated amongst hills in an agricultural landscape, not far from Nysa reservoir. Broadleaved forest adjoins the embanked eastern side. The western and southern shores have a more natural character, being covered with a wide belt of willow Salix bushes. The northern part is used for recreation. The reservoir controls water flow for navigation on the Odra river, and there are considerable fluctuations in water-level. Although some parts of the shore are shingle, the bottom of the reservoir is generally muddy and sandy.

Key biodiversity
More than 20,000 migrating and wintering waterbirds occur regularly, mainly geese Anser, ducks Anas, and Vanellus vanellus and other waders.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Rapid filling of the reservoir (during river floods) reduces or eliminates suitable foraging/resting habitat for staging waders on migration.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Otmuchów reservoir. Downloaded from on 13/04/2021.