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Nature reserves

There are numerous nature reserves on the area of Bory Tucholskie.

The Grzybna Swamp

Created in 18.03.1980, and having the acreage of 6,26 ha, the reserve protects typical flora species growing near swamps and peat mosses – it is also the habitat of forest animals. This is the place of Eurasian crane’s inhabitance.

Swamps near Stążka

The reserve of 677,88 ha acreage, protecting the biggest low-moor in Bory Tucholskie. This is the habitation of many species of birds, including storks.

Central European Lichen Boron

The boron area having the status of natural reserve and acreage of 41,50 ha, located in Brusy province. The aim of the protection is to keep the original shape of the European lichen boron with the unique floral lichens, for educational and scientific purposes.

Yew-trees near Czerska Struga

Created in 26.03.1982, with the acreage of 17,19 ha area serving as a natural reserve. It covers the area of common yew-trees growing, originated from XIX century, when they were planted and self-seeded.

Leon Wyczółkowski’s Old-Polish yews

The reserve is located on the area of Zamrzenica forestry, and has the acreage of 37 ha. This is the biggest complex of yew-trees in Europe. There are about 4000 yew-trees, surrounded by pines, oaks, lindens, hornbeams, birches, sycamores, and alders. The area of the reserve has been protected by foresters for about one hundred years. Yew-trees growing in the reserve have various ages and diameters. The biggest one, called the Chrobry’s Yew is of 250 cm diameter and may remember the times of Bolesław Chrobry’s reign, or ages that are even more distant. Between 1926 and 1935, the yew forest was the inspiration for one of the best Polish painters – Leon Wyczółkowski. The biggest collection of his works can be found in the museum located in Bydgoszcz.

The heron’s peak

The reserve is located near the Słone river and was created in order to protect the fragment of old pine forest in its natural form. The name came from the grey heron colonies, because nests of these birds have been located on upper branches of old trees for many years. The protected area has the acreage of 5,26 ha. The age of birch-trees growing there is about 200 years.

Dury

The restricted reserve in the Osie superintendence, consisting of 4 small dystrophic lakes and surrounding peaty plants, as well as moors surrounded by birches. The reserve is of the 11 ha acreage. The water vegetation of the lakes is very scarce. One of the most important plants in the reserve is the cranberry, growing in clumps near moors.

Kozie lakes

Created in 18.05.1984, and having the acreage of 12,30 ha – the reserve includes 4 dystrophic lakes in the middle of forests with sets of moors. There are many habitats of protected plants. The reserve is also the place of living of many amphibians and reptiles.

The Małe Łowne Lake

The reserve protects the area of forests, moors and lakes on the acreage of 37,83 ha in the Chojnice province. The aim of the protection is to maintain the original shape of swampy forests and temporal moors, with unique species of plants growing here, for educational and scientific purposes.

Zdręczno Lake

It was created in 26.03.198215, and has 74 ha of acreage – the reserve covers the area of densely overgrown eutrophic lake and the complex of moors. There are clumps of protected water plants, as well as fetal and valley peat moss here.

The stone circles

Archeologic and natural reserve located in the Czersk superintendence, near the Wda River. The set of stone circles of unknown utilitarian purpose was located here. Those stones are dated on the Roman age (I, II and III AD). There were possibly 19 stone circles, but only 12 of them remained in their original form. They were formed out of big stones with one or two rocks placed in the middle of the circle. Stone circles are also important from natural point of view, because there are 50 spieces of interesting plants, mosses, and lichens growing on them. They are similar to plants growing initially on moraines.

Kuźnica

The forest reserve in the Warlubie superintendence, having the acreage of 7 ha. On the east, the reserve borders on the Rumacz Lake. It was created to maintain the original shape of a fragment of the moist boron, which has grown in special soil and moisture conditions, for scientific purposes.

Osiny

The restricted reserve in the Warlubie superintendence, including the moor of 21 ha acreage. Some unique plants are growing there, such as: scheuchzeria, rhynchospora alba, sundew, and some rare plants from the orchid family.

Szczerkowo

This is the partial reserve in the Osie superintendence, Sobiny forestry, having the acreage of about 76 ha. The reserve protects deciduous trees from the hail family. The sorbus torminalis is growing there.

Ustronie

Created in 23.06.1958 on the acreage of 3,87 ha, as the forest reserve – it covers a part of the natural forest, where many sorbus torminalis are growing. This is the remnant of former deciduous forests. There are some forest complexes growing there, such as Eurasian beech, alder, hail, and moor birch.

Mętne nature reserve

The peaty restricted reserve of the acreage of 53 ha. It protects the complex of vegetation characteristic for temporal moors and low birch, being the remnant of postglacial tundra.

Stążka lake’s wellsprings

The reserve of acreage of 250,02 ha located in the Cekcyn province. The aim of the protection is to maintain the natural condition of the Stążka lake valley, including its wellsprings of landscape importance, for scientific, educational, touristic and landscape purposes.

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