The Biebrzan National Park is a bit crouched in the shadow of its elderly and renowned relative, the Bialowieza National Park.
The reasons for his visit are, however, several. Accessibility by car (800 km), a visit that reminds you of a trip in time to a country that was seen in our countries 100 years ago, is not only a land of lottery, it offers the opportunity to meet many other rare representatives of the local fauna. My motivation for a photographic visit was a rare bird species in our country, with a bit of luck to photograph the litter and see the local jewel – the sedge reed. Of a kind of photogenic dragonflies, not to mention.
The park has an area of over 59,000 hectares, the largest in Poland. It protects the most valuable part of the Biebrza basin, the name of which derives from the Belarusian beak harvest. Part of the park is the untouched valley bog, one of the largest in Europe. Typical swampy scenery and variety of fauna and flora. The so-called Biebrzanska Bagna is known for having rare and marshy bird species in Europe (about 235 species, of which 157 nest here). Now in the spring (May), when the Biebrza River is poured out from the shores in the width of several kilometers, there are thousands of tow birds. There is the largest number of lots in Poland in the valley of the river, where you can also find wolves, beavers and otters.
The jewel of the local fauna is a sedge. It is a specialized species nestling low above the ground in the local endless sediments. Due to decades of drainage work in most European countries, this globally endangered species is existent only in Belarus and Russia. Polish habitats, representing the home of 25% of the world’s population (about 3,200 singing males), are threatened by overgrown tree vegetation. An international project “Aquatic Wabler and Biomass Use” is now under way after the initial maintenance of cows’ grazing. This is the purchase of land from private owners and the disposal of willow birch, pubescent birch and the maintenance of sedge stands on several thousand hectares. After drying, the loose matter is further processed for energy purposes.
Directly in the National Park, of course, there is a strict visitor policy. However, the location where free movement is possible is around many.