In the central part of the Westpomeranian Region two landscape parks are located: The Ińsko landscape Park and The Drawsko Landscape Park.
The Drawsko Landscape Park
The landform features of the Drawsko Landscape Park are the result of glacial activity, especially during the Baltic glaciation. In the northern part of the Park there are terminal moraine hills, often crossed with numerous ravines, and the southern part of the Park is abundant in lakes. Also the following features may be considered a natural value of the Drawsko Landscape Park – the presence of many rivers, small streams, marshes, peatlands, forests and also the occurence of many rare species of animals and plants.
Within the Drawsko National Park borders there are about 300 natural monuments, like the beech, with a perimeter of 9 m, which grows on Bielawa Island, on Lake Drawsko.
Within the Drawsko Landscape Park borders seven natural reserves have been created:
a) „Lake Czarnówek” reserve (area: 11,88 ha) – water and flower reserve. The aim of establishing the reserve was to preserve the lobelia lake with relic plants.
b) „Torfowisko on Lake Morzysław Mały” reserve (area: 7,57 ha) – peatland and flower reserve. Preservation of carbonate and transitional peatlands with relic-plant populations for scientific and didactic purposes was the aim of establishing the reservation. Its characteristic is the occurrence of nineteen different water plants, helophytes and peatland plant populations over a small area.
c) „Brunatna Gleba” reserve (area: 1,1 ha) – a soil reserve. Preservation of brown soil in unchanged form, together with its typical bedding and undergrowth, was the aim of establishing the reserve.
e) „Lake Prosino” reserve (area: 81 ha) – an ornithological reserve protecting the living and hatching area of rare water and marsh birds. In the hatching season, among the lakeside vegetation and close to it, we may observe up to 26 bird species.
f) „Green Marshes” reserve (area: 55,38 ha) – peatland reserve where rare mosses may be encountered. There are 72 moss species, including 15 peat-moss species. There is also a great number of rare mountain and northern species.
g) „Torfowisko Toporzyk” reserve (area: 43,07 ha) – peatland and forest reserve. The preservation of peatland and moss communities, with the presence of rare moss species typical of mountain regions, was the aim of establishing this reserve.
There are the following tourist trails within Drawsko Landscape Park:
a) the Lakes Trail (green) Złocieniec – Strzeszyn.
b) Forest and landscape trail (red) Połczyn Zdrój – Czaplinek.
c) the Połczyńska Switzerland trail (blue) Połczyn Zdrój – Czaplinek.
d) Nature trail (black) Złocieniec – Połczyn Zdrój.
It is worth adding that the Cardinal Karol Wojtyła canoeing trail goes through the Park.
The Ińsko Landscape Park
Within the Ińsko National Park there are species endangered in Europe and in the whole world – white stork, red kite, white-tailed sea eagle, corncrake, western marsh harrier, lesser spotted eagle, common and black tern and common kingfisher.
Within the Ińsko Landscape Park there are five natural reserves:
a) The „Kamienna Buczyna „ reserve (area: 11,37 ha). The aim of this reserve is to protect moraine slopes with fully-developed beech and mixed forest communities by Lake Ińsko, where numerous glacial erratics can be found.
b) The „Wyspa Sołtyski” reserve (area: 22,89 ha). The reserve is located on an island on Lake Ińsko, covered with an over 150-year-old beech and oak forest.
c) The „Głowacz” reserve (area: 78,7 ha). It covers the moraine hills with Głowacz (180 m above sea level) covered with picturesque forest. By its foot there are unapproachable peatlands and overgrown reservoirs with interesting marsh plants. This area is the perfect refuge for wild game and breeding area of many rare bird species, like the white-tailed sea eagle.
d) The „Bórbagno Miałka” reserve (area: 34,2 ha). The preservation of the marsh forest with rare vascular plants and peat moss species was the aim of establishing the reserve.
e) The „Krzemieńskie Źródliska” reserve (area: 75,94 ha). The preservation of the complex of springs with rare plant species and an animal refuge was the aim of establishing the reserve. The reserve includes the complex of well-preserved spirings, the small Lake Chotom, through which the waters flow down to Lake Krzemień and the forest at the lake’s bank.
Within the Ińsko Landscape Park’s boundaries there are also nine ecological resources:
a) Pełnikowe Meadows,
b) Wilkowe Marsh,
d) Ciszewo Marsh,
e) Lutkowskie Ponds,
f) Plateau over Samotnik,
g) Wyszkowa Mountain,
h) Dłuskie Hills,
i) Węgorzyno Corncrake.
The Park’s Administration:
The 1st Local Affairs Department in Złocieniec
the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Szczecin
Dworcowa Street 13