Biebrza National Park - wetlands, birdwatching

The Biebrza National Park is located in the Northeast Poland. The Narew River and its confluence with the Biebrza River (note that Biebrza National Park is close to the Białowieża National Park) form the southern boundary of the Park. It was established in 1993, and with a total area of 59 233 ha, it is the largest of the Polish national parks. The Park includes 15 547 ha of forests, 18 182 ha of agricultural land, and 25 494 ha of wetlands - the most valuable habitats of the park - the famous Biebrza marshes. The area of 3 936 ha is under strict protection including the Czerwone Bagno or Red Bog at the Grzędy Forest District. Unique in Europe for its marshes and peatlands, as well as its highly diversified fauna, especially birds- the Park was designated as a wetland site of global significance and is under the protection of the RAMSAR Convention since 1995. The Park is also a valuable bird habitat (IBA) on a European level according to the classification of BirdLife International. In 2004 the Biebrza Valley was added to the Natura 2000 network and it holds a Special Protection Area (SPA) for  the conservation of wild birds and a Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in its boundaries.

In the Biebrza NP there are more than 450kms of bicycle routes waiting cyclists. There are also canoeing and kayaking routes through the waterbodies of the Park (223 kms!), trekking, horse riding and educational routes. There are various sightseeing towers, bridges enabling water-crossing or walking through the peatlands and naturally lots of information tables.

Practical information

To reach the Biebrza NP you should take a trains from Kraków to Białystok and then continue by a train from Białystok to Osowiec.