Milicz Ponds

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Milicz Ponds
Dolina Baryczy 1.jpg
Milicz Ponds Nature Reserve in Barycz Valley Landscape Park
Location of lake in Poland
Location of lake in Poland
Milicz Ponds
LocationBarycz Valley Landscape Park, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
Coordinates51°30′14″N 17°06′34″E / 51.503869°N 17.109514°E / 51.503869; 17.109514Coordinates: 51°30′14″N 17°06′34″E / 51.503869°N 17.109514°E / 51.503869; 17.109514
Native nameStawy Milickie (Polish)
Surface area77 km2 (30 sq mi)
Official nameMilicz Fishponds Nature Reserve
Designated24 October 1995
Reference no.758[1]
View of Słoneczny Górny pond

The Milicz Ponds (Polish: Stawy Milickie) are a group of about 285 fish ponds in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, south-western Poland, in the valley of the river Barycz, close to the towns of Milicz and Żmigród. The ponds cover a total area of about 77 square kilometres (30 sq mi).

Due to their importance as a habitat and breeding ground for water birds, the ponds are a nature reserve (established 1963, area 53 square kilometres (20 sq mi)), which is protected under the Ramsar convention (one of 13 such sites in Poland). Since 1996 it has also formed part of the larger protected area known as the Barycz Valley Landscape Park.


  1. ^ "Milicz Fishponds Nature Reserve". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.