Pisz forest

Country/territory: Poland

IBA criteria met: C1, C6 (2010)
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Area: 171,300 ha

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2010 not assessed very high negligible
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Site description (2000 baseline)
Pisz forest lies on the border between the Great Mazury lake region and the Mazury lowlands, and the Pisa and Krutynia rivers flow through this area. The largest lake in Poland˜Œniardwy (1,097 km2)˜is located in the north-western part of the site, and there are also a dozen other lakes. Many tree species reach the limit of their range here. There are coniferous forests of pine Pinus with some smaller areas of spruce Picea and broadleaved dry-ground forest of lime Tilia and hornbeam Carpinus. Around the lakes in wet areas there are alder Alnus forests and different kinds of mire.

Key biodiversity
Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (rare on passage), Crex crex (frequent breeder).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pisz forest. Downloaded from on 09/12/2023.