More About Biebrza National Park

Biebrza National Park, established in 1993 is the largest national park in the country with an area of 59223 ha. It is located in the Podlaskie Voivodship with Belarus in the northeast.

The park covers a large part of the Biebrza river valley, which is filled with a thick layer of peat. This peatland covering approximately 90000ha is the largest natural peat land in the whole of Central Europe. This, along with the marshes, forms the most valuable habitat of the park.

Above all, the park has some rare species of plants and an impressive number of bird breeds, which draw ornithologists and students from all over Europe to the Park.

In 1995, Biebrza National Park was designated as a wetland of global significance and thus liable to be protected under the RAMSAR Convention.

Wide measures are being taken to protect the natural environment of the Biebrza National Park. The main concern is the drainage of the area, which may cause the land to dry up and make it mineralized. Some of the plant life will then be destroyed. The other danger is that the land may be overgrown with bushes and trees if farmers stop using it as pastures. Active steps are being taken to arrest this development.