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NATURA 2000 AREAS
Obszar Natura 2000 "Jeziora Brodzkie". Fot. Paweł Mrowiński Obszar Natura 2000 "Uroczyska Borów Zasieckich". Fot. Paweł Mrowiński Obszar Natura 2000 "Jeziora Brodzkie". Fot. Paweł Mrowiński Obszar Natura 2000 "Lubski łęg śnieżycowy". Fot. Paweł Mrowiński Śnieżyca wiosenna. Fot. Paweł Mrowiński Łan zawilców gajowych na terenie Obszaru Natura 2000 "Lubski łęg śnieżycowy". Fot Paweł Mrowiński Obszar Natura 2000 "Dolina Lubszy", fot. Paweł Mrowiński Obszar Natura 2000 "Mierkowskie Wydmy", fot. Paweł Mrowiński Obszar Natura 2000 "Brożek", wrzosiec bagienny, fot. Paweł Mrowiński
European Ecological Network Natura 2000 is a kind of system of areas connected one with each other by ecological corridors. These areas form together a coherent ecological network, of which basic task is prevention of biodiversity. It happens through protection of the most valuable and the most rare nature elements.
Within the area of the Forest District Lubsko, there are 6 areas of Natura 2000,established on the basis of Habitats Directive, with its overall area of 5.472,20 ha.
- Uroczyska Borów Zasieckich Despite of a dominance of coniferous forest landscape, refugium is a mosaic of habitats, what is manly connected with rich hydrographic network and dispersed water and mud or moss ecosystems in the whole area.
The area covers very interesting grassland communities on the tops of dunes , through dry (subcontinental) lichen Scots pine forests (Cladonio-Pinetum) on the slope of hills, to fresh coniferous forests and wet and muddy swamps including very valuable moss with beak – rush, sundews (drosera) and haircap moss. There one can also meet very interesting and rare species of ground lichen.
Lubski Łęg Śnieżycowy
This is extremely interesting, in means of nature, close complex of riparian and oak and hornbeam deciduous forests, clinging to the town Lubsko from the east. Deciduous forests cover 95% of the whole territory. In the eastern part, there are large compact aras of spring snowflakes.
Spring snowfall. Fot. Paweł Mrowiński
Jeziora Brodzkie the area is characterised by remarkable natural values, both on the level of plant and landscape communities. On the local hills and slopes, there is Luzulo pilosae-Fagetum.
Balanced forest management contributed to the survival of different groups of plants, that is why Natura 2000 Areas are a refugium for rare elements of fauna and flora.
To the most valuable habitats of the Lubsza River, there belong alder riparian forests and alder fraxinus riparian forests, which are locally distinguished by mass occurrence of ostrich fern. There also remained some fragments of spring riparian forests. Swamp forests are presented byVaccinio uliginosi - Betuletum pubescentis complexes.
The area is located in the Valley of Lusatian Neisse, directly by the Polish – German border. These are mostly grounds remaining after former gravel exploration, where now we can find two big ponds and dispersed within the whole area small, wet hollows. The most valuable environmental characteristic of described area is appearance of threatened plant species within the territory of the whole Europe. One of mentioned species is water fern – pillwort.