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The Valley of Biebrza River is the largest area of lowland marshes in Poland (almost 60000 hectares) and has a status of national park. It is divided into three "basins" - Southern/lower, Middle and Northern/upper.
The Lower Basin of Biebrza, between Wizna and Goniądz is more than 25 km in width and 20 km in length. Its landscape is specified by various zones of vegetation depending on distance from the river. Spectacular spring floods remain here since early February if the winter is mild till June. Best areas are located near Ruś, Rutkowskie, Brzostowo, Burzyn, Mścichy villages. Best views are possible from high river banks between Ruś and Brzostowo and from the road leading into marshes (E) from Mścichy.
Ruś is a group of houses located along the river (W) with a hill in the junction of Narew and Biebrza. From here you may look at several square km of flooded meadows with migrating and breeding waterfowl. From Rus it is possible to drive northwards to Wierciszewo village and the westwards through fields to paved road leading nortwards.
In Brzostowo there is a tower on the northern edge of the village as well as good access to river bank in the middle by the river-pass. Some of these places are private-owned and recently farmers take a small fee for entrance (2-5 PLN). Without any doubt Brzostowo village is worth a visit within almost a whole year with a peak season III-VI.
In Mscichy it is worth following a dirt road east from the village - it runs through nice swampy meadows with Aquatic Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, Redshanks, Godwits, Curlews. There are frequent cow flocks and tractors passing the road but these doesn't spoil birdwatching. At the end of the road there is a watching tower and a camping place run by national park authorities. These places are often isolated by water and floods especially during wet springs.
The Middle Basin of Biebrza is widest and creates large "plate" of moss/peat bogs covered by birch and alderwoods. Best sites located near Grzedy-forest house. There are several signed tracks, some of which are often really wet (wellingtons!). Good chances to see Short-toed Eagle or Greater Spotted Eagle at local meadows and dunes.
The upper basin of Biebrza is smallest and rather narrow. Between Sztabin and Lipsk several small rivers join Biebrza so the valley is like a network of wet meadows and bogs. Nice view points south of Lipsk (tower on the hill). Very good meadows are located north, in the neighbourhood of Augustow Forest.
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