Created on 1th July 1996 - one of the 23 national parks in Poland. It is located in north-eastern Poland in Podlaskie province, west of Bialystok, between Suraż and Rzedziany. It covers the area of 6 810.23 hectares.
The symbol of Narew National Park is the marsh harrier.
The Park is located in an area within the Northern Valley in Upper Narew. Narew in the area of the park is a anastomosing river, creating a mosaic arrangement of spills, land and wetland habitats, which gives it an absolutely unique character. Narew National Park covers as well a part of the Narew valley reaching from Suraz (to the south) to as far as Rzędziany (to the north), with a total a length of about 50 km. The width of the valley is 2-4 km.
There are 58 plant communities within the Park. The prevailing type of vegetation are swamp communities. There are meadows, alder and willow thickets on the outskirt zone of the Park. There are mineral rock elevations there (Grądziki) as well, covered by tall-herbs, meadow communities and hornbeam. This arrangement of vegetation has developed as a result of the traditional meadow agriculture activities.
Flora of vascular plants in Narwianski NP consists of circa 500 species. Among them are species under strict protection, yellow water lily, white waterlily, Siberian iris, gladiolus imbricatus, marsh gentian, Dianthus superbus, round-leaved sundew, Jacob's Ladder, European columbine, heath spotted orchid, Early Marsh Orchid , western marsh orchid, Lycopodium annotinum, Lycopodium clavatum. Partial protection covers (among others) Menyanthes trifoliata, dwarf everlast, alder buckthorn, common cowslip, and lily of the valley.
Narew National Park remains a home to many species of birds, including White-tailed Eagle and fighter ruff. You can also spot the mustelids like stoats and polecats. NNP is one of the very three places in Poland where we may see most rare butterfly known by a common name - The False Ringlet. We can observe 34 species of mammals in the park. These include European beaver, muskrat, European hedgehog, shrew, water shrew as well as bigger species like: red deer, moose, roe deer and wild boar. Of the 21 fish species found in the Park, there are three covered by a strict protection: common bitterling, stone loach, spined loach, along with rare and protected Ukrainian lamprey.
There are up to 13 species of amphibians that inhabit the area of Narew NP. Salamanders: smooth newt, along with Northern crested newt, Frogs: European fire-bellied toad, Pelobates fuscus, European tree frog, moor frog, common frog, edible frog. Toads: common toad, European green toad and natterjack toad.
Since 2010 Narew Valley along with Narew NP is considered to be very important bird area (IBA - Important Bird Areas) . As the most important key species here, BirdLife International point ats the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) and specifies the Park as an important place for migrating water birds. In the years 1979-2000 the presence of 203 species of birds, of which 154 are breeding species were revealed. Some of those are still threatened on global or European scale. Eurasian bittern, ruff, Corn Crake, Great snipe, spotted crake, green fodder, eared mud and aquatic warbler. Among three species of harriers (hen harrier, Montagu's harrier, Western marsh harrier), the most commonly met is marsh harrier.
The headquarters of the Park are located at the nineteenth century old Palace in Kurow.
We can reach the Park using PKP (Polish Railway Service) traveling as far as Łapy. In Suraż and Uhow we may as well use a canoe to reach the Park, as all the engine powered water vehicles are strictly forbidden there.
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