Slowinska Site

Country/territory: Poland

IBA Criteria met: C1, C2, C4 (2010)
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Area: 19,500 ha

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 high not assessed low
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Site description
The site protects a coastal landscape containing one of the largest areas of mobile sand-dunes in Europe (up to 40 m high), and three brackish coastal lakes, the largest being £ebsko (7,140 ha, 5-6 m deep) and the second largest Gardno (2,468 ha, 2-6 m deep). The lakes are surrounded by wet meadows, pastures, and forests of alder Alnus and oak Quercus, and are bordered by extensive beds of reed Phragmites and reed-mace Typha. The £upawa and £eba rivers flow in to the lakes. Some hollows between dunes are covered by pioneer plant communities and by wet heathland in various stages of development.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (4 pairs), Crex crex (10-15 pairs). Other notable breeding species are Bubo bubo (4 pairs) and Circus pygargus (7-10 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Slowinska Site. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.