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One of Poland's best areas for wetland birds, these ponds lie close to the city of Bialystok in the northeast of the country.

Despite the close proximity of this industrial centre and the inevitable disturbance in summer, this area has an excellent selection of breeding birds and attracts an interesting range of passage species. As well as open water there are reedbeds and willow scrub.


Notable Species

Famous as one of the few sites that have all five European grebes breeding, there are also both bitterns and Little Crake as well as Marsh Harrier and Black Tern and Whiskered Terns.

Whooper Swan has become a regular sight in summer and recently bred for the first time. Breeding passerines of the reedbeds include Penduline Tit and Marsh Warbler, Eurasian River Warbler and Great Reed Warblers. Golden Oriole, Thrush Nightingale and Common Rosefinch are common in the willows and scrub.


Birds you can see here include:

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Great Bittern, Little Bittern, Grey Heron, Black Stork, White Stork, Whooper Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Western Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Osprey, Common Kestrel, Water Rail, Little Crake, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Common Swift, Common Kingfisher, Eurasian Wryneck, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Barn Swallow, Northern House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Common Wren, Dunnock, Eurasian Robin, Thrush Nightingale, Whinchat, Eurasian Blackbird, Eurasian River Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Common Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Penduline Tit, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Common Magpie, Eurasian Jackdaw, Rook, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Rosefinch, Reed Bunting

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

The city of Bialystok is about 190km to the northeast of Warsaw and the ponds lie to the southeast of the city between Zascianki and Dojlidy.

A road skirts the northern part of the area to the village of Sobolewo and there is a network of footpaths across the area enabling the ponds to be thoroughly explored.

Contact Details

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External Links

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Content and images originally posted by Steve