Biebrza National Park

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Biebrza National Park
Polish: Biebrzański Park Narodowy
IUCN category II (national park)
Poland Biebrza Burzyn.jpg
Map showing the location of Biebrza National Park
Park logo with Ruff
Location Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland
Nearest city Osowiec-Twierdza
Coordinates 53°28′00″N 22°39′41″E / 53.4666°N 22.6613°E / 53.4666; 22.6613Coordinates: 53°28′00″N 22°39′41″E / 53.4666°N 22.6613°E / 53.4666; 22.6613
Area 592.23 km2 (228.66 sq mi)
Established 1993
Governing body Ministry of the Environment
http://www.biebrza.org.pl/
Biebrza National Park is located in Poland
Biebrza National Park
Location in Poland

Biebrza National Park (Polish: Biebrzański Park Narodowy) is a national park in Podlaskie Voivodeship, northeastern Poland, situated along the Biebrza River.

The largest of Poland’s 23 National Parks, the Biebrza National Park was created on September 9, 1993. Its total area is 592.23 km2 (228.66 sq mi), of which forests cover 155.47 km², fields and meadows covering 181.82 km² and marshes with an area of 254.94 km².

Biebrza NP headquarters in Osowiec-Twierdza

Biebrza Marshes[edit]

Main article: Biebrza Marshes

The Biebrza Marshes are the most precious part of the park. Biebrza National Park protects vast and relatively untouched fenlands with a unique variety of several communities of plants, rare wetland birds and mammals such as Elk and Beaver and other animals. The Biebrza wetlands as well as the Narew River valleys are very important centres for birds’ nesting, feeding and resting. In 1995 the park was designated as a wetland site of worldwide significance and is under the protection of the Ramsar Convention.

Red Marshes[edit]

The most important part of the Park is Red Marsh (Polish: Rezerwat przyrody Czerwone Bagno), which is under strict protection.

The park's headquarters is located in Osowiec-Twierdza 8 village, within the grounds of the historic Osowiec Fortress from the 19th century, near Goniądz.

External links[edit]

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