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Drawa National Park

Drawa National Park was established in 1990. It is located in the central part of the Drawa Plain. It covers a part of the Drawa valley and part of the Drawa Forest. The area of Drawa National Park amounts to 11 531.95 ha, 569 ha of which are under strict protection. Drawno is the HQ of the Drawa National Park management.

Drawa National Park protects a section of the Pomeranian Lakeland wildlife which is dominated by the forests, lakes and valleys of the two almost natural rivers – the Drawa and the Płociczna. Although the level of transformation of nature is considerable, one can often find „nature’s gems”, such as the Radęcin reservation. It is one of the best-preserved natural beech forests on the European Plain.

Some fragments of the Park’s pine forests and, mainly in the west, forests with beech and hornbeam stands with oak as an addition, which have been preserved in their original form, have been covered with protection. The forests are 120 years old on average, but, one can often find the trees that are 300-450 years old. The natural topography is of plain type and there is mainly sand soil.

Apart from the forests, the Drawa Valley and its tributaries, like the Pociczna, are characterised by huge natural and scenic value. The same with numerous forest lakes. Lake Ostrowiec is the biggest lake in Drawa National Park, Lake Dubie is the deepest, Lake Pecnik Duży the cleanest and Lake Czarne is the most interesting in terms of wildlife. The following lakes can compete for the title of the most beautiful: Lake Płociowe, Marta, Szczuczarz, Duży Pecnik and Mały Pecnik, Krzywe, Szerokie, Dominikowskie. The following fish species can be found here – roach, perch, pike, lavaret, vendance and trout.

It is nature that rules the rivers of Drawa National Park. Today they are mainly of interest to fishermen. The following species of fish can be found here: trout, salmon, grayling and barbel, chub, minnow, catfish. At the lake and riversides one may find birds that are typical of river valleys: kingfishers, grey wagtails and white-throated dippers. On the water surface common goldeneye, goosander, mallard and coot can also be seen. On the riverside one might encounter a beaver and an otter.

Over 900 species of vascular plants, almost 150 species of trees and bushes and over 200 various plant communities have been discovered in Drawa National Park. In Poland such a diversity of vegetation is something exceptional. Also the following endangered species can be observed in the Park: osprey, white-tailed sea eagle, boreal owl, hazel grouse, otter, beaver, European pond turtle, smooth snake and many others. Fish fauna is something exceptional in the waters of the central part of the Park. It is home to over 40 fish species, including some very rare ones.

Drawa National Park has the following climatic features: low amplitude of annual temperature fluctuations, late springs, long, warm autumns, mild winters with small snowcover, dominance of western and north-western winds, late spring frosts and long periods of spring drought.

Within Drawa National Park there are the following strict protection areas:

a) Dębina (area 8,5 ha),
b) Radęcin (area 187,47 ha),
c) Stare Buki (area 15,27 ha),
d) Grabowy Jar (area 3,59 ha),
e) Drawski Matecznik (area 34,94 ha),
f) Zatom (area 23,84 ha),
g) Sicienko (area 2,74 ha),
h) Islands on Lake Ostrowiec (Lech, Okrzei, Pokrzywka – area 5,61 ha),
i) Głodne Jeziorka (area 52,60 ha),
j) Jezioro Czarne (area 23,58 ha),
k) Rynna Moczelska (area 25,15 ha),
l) Płociczna (area 80,45 ha),
ł) Źródliskowy Grąd (area 35,13 ha),
m) Brzezina (area 13,67 ha),
n) Delta Płocicznej (area 17,62 ha),
o) Poziomkowy Las (area 31,01 ha),
p) Mokradła nad Drawą (area 2,64 ha),
r) Bagienko Ostrowiec (area 9,76 ha),
s) Wydrowe Łęgi (area 3,60 ha),
t) Łęgi on Płociczna River (area 5,86 ha).

The following places within Drawa National Park borders are worth seeing:

a) a manor from the early 20th Century – now the HQ of the Forest Inspectorate,
b) the neo-Gothic Black Madonna of Częstochowa Church from the mid 20th Century, constructed on the foundations of a brewery,
c) a unique elm and oak alley,
d) in the Rybaków and Kamienna campsite – the remains of glassworks and the Kamienna water power plant.

The character of the Drawa River within Drawa National Park borders is changeable. At first it is slow-moving, then the waters go faster, and in the fast-flowing current there are numerous fallen trees. The winding river runs through meadows and forests and eats away the slopes of its sandy banks. The fast current and stony bottom change downstream into a slow current and sandy bottom covered with underwater meadows. The length of the Drawa within the Park is 41 km.

The section of the Drawa River within the Drawa National Park can be divided into the following parts:

Drawno (outflow from Lake Dubie) – the Drawnik Marina – 1 km
The Drawnik Marina – the „Barnimie Bridge” stopping point for canoeists – 4.6 km
The „Barnimie Bridge” stopping point for canoeists – the „Barnimie” camping site – 3.5 km
The „Barnimie” camping site – the „Konotop footbridge” stopping point for canoeists – 4.4 km
The „Konotop footbridge” stopping point for canoeists – the „Zatom Bridge” canoe collecting point – 4.4 km
The „Zatom Bridge” canoe collecting point – the „Bogdanka” camping site – 0.4 km
The „Bogdanka” camping site – the „Sitnica” camping site – 7.9 km
The „Sitnica” camping site – the „Pstrąg” camping site – 5.9 km
The „Pstrąg” camping site – 5.9 km – the low water bridge in Głusko – 3.3 km
The low water bridge in Głusko – the „Kamienna” camping site – 2.5 km
The „Kamienna” camping site – the estuary of the Płociczna River (DNP border) – 3.2 km.

The Park’s Administration:

Drawa National Park Head Office

Leśników Street 2
73-220 Drawno
tel. +48 95 / 768 20 51
fax. +48 95 / 768 25 10
e-mail: dpn@dpn.pl
www.dpn.pl

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Zadanie współfinansowane ze środków Unii Europejskiej ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego Województwa Zachodniopomorskiego na lata 2007-2013.

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