|Biebrza National Park|
|Polish: Biebrzański Park Narodowy|
|Location||Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland|
|Area||592.23 km2 (228.66 sq mi)|
|Established||9 September 1993|
|Governing body||Ministry of the Environment|
|Official name||Biebrzański National Park|
|Designated||24 October 1995|
The largest of Poland's 23 national parks, the Biebrza National Park was created on 9 September 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.
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. 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.
2020 April fires
On 18 April 2020 a fire broke out that destroyed at least 6 thousand hectares of grass and woodland. This fire was caused by illegal grass burning. While usually the fire would have been put out with the onset of the flooding of the grassland, this year's low water level meant that the fire kept on raging until it was finally declared under control on April 26. It has been the most devastating fire since 1992.
- "Biebrzański National Park". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- "Główny Urząd Statystyczny / Edukacja statystyczna / Polskie parki narodowe w obiektywie statystyki publicznej". stat.gov.pl. Archived from the original on 2022-12-18. Retrieved 2023-04-16.
- "Biebrza National Park Fires in Poland". Payne Institute for Public Policy. Colorado School of Mines. 14 May 2020.
- Media related to Biebrza National Park at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- The Board of Polish National Parks
- Awarded "EDEN – European Destinations of Excellence" non traditional tourist destination 2010