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Nature Parks

Nature parks are areas protected due to their unique landscape, diverse ecosystems and valuable for their tourist and leisure attractions or the function of a wildlife corridor.

Szprotawa Forest District includes fragments of 5 nature parks. The nature parks are:

  •  „Dolina Bobru" (Bóbr Valley) – it is a wildlife corridor of national importance with area of 13 131 ha (including 2616 ha within Szprotawa Forest District). The park includes 3 communes: Żagań, Małomice and Szprotawa. Most of its area is covered by "Park Słowiański" Landscape Nature Protected Area valued for its exceptional scenic beauty. The area is protected to preserve the landscape of Bóbr Urstromtal, the area of exceptional natural and scenic values.

Bóbr Valley. By Jerzy Wilanowski

  • Wzgórza Dalkowskie" (Dalkowskie Hills) – the hills stretch out for 100 km between Żarskie Hills in the west and Ścinawska Depression in the east. The area is adjacent to Głogowska Urstromtal in the north and Szprotawska Plain and Lubińska High Plain in the south. The area is barely forested but has some sparse mixed forests including Pine and Oak, with tree stands including Beech, Oak, Pine, Ash, Spruce, Alder and Birch located mainly on hills.

  •  „Dolina Brzeźnicy" (Brzeźnica Valley) – the park is located in Brzeźnica commune and covers the area of 2542 ha, including 435 ha within Szprotawa Forest District.

  • Dolina Szprotawki" " (Szprotawka Valley) – its entire area amounts to 5570 ha, including over 608 ha within Szprotawa Forest District and includes two communes – Niegosławice and Szprotawa. 

  •  „Bory Dolnośląskie" (Lower Silesian Wilderness) – the park covers the area of 26 223 ha, including 238 ha within Szprotawa Forest District. The park includes two communes – Żagań and Małomice, Śliwnik Forest Range, western part of Leszno Górne Forest Range, Małomice Forest Range, southern part of Stara Kopernia Forest Range and western part of Witków Forest Range. Lower Silesian Wilderness is located between Żarskie Hills and Dalkowskie Hills in the north and Izerskie Foothills in the south. The area is adjacent to Szprotawska Plain, Lubińska High Plain, Legnicka Plain and Chojnowska Plain in the east.


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Tourist Attractions

Tourist Attractions

Nature reserves being sanctuaries for many protected plant and animal species, a 750-year-old natural monument (the oldest tree in Poland) or various forms of wildlife conservation that will amaze any nature lover – these are only some of the natural attractions that can be admired in the forests of Szprotawa Forest District.

750-year-old Pedunculate Oak named "Chrobry" is an exceptional specimen of the species on national scale.This unique natural monument grows in the Lower Silesian Wilderness, in the vicinity of "Buczyna Szprotawska" Nature Reserve, close to the village of Piotrowice and surprises the visitors with its massive size.

Chrobry Oak is over 750 years old. By Jerzy Wilanowski

"Buczyna Szprotawska" Nature Reserve being habitat for an extremely rare species, Edible Dormouse, is a must see as it is the largest reserve managed by Regional Directorate of the State Forests in Zielona Góra.

Other places of interest include:

  • "Annabrzeskie Wąwozy" Nature Reserve,
  • "Park Słowiański" Landscape-Nature Protected Complex,
  • Bóbr Valley, Dalkowskie Hills, Brzeźnica Valley, Szprotawka Valley and the Lower Silesian Wilderness – all qualified as nature parks,
  • Lower Kwisa Valley, Szprotawsko-Piotrowicka Beech Wood, Borowina (Peloid), Małomickie Riparian Forests, Przemkowskie Ponds and the Lower Silesian Wilderness – all of them included in the network of "Natura 2000" Protected Areas,
  • as well as areas of protected ecology, such as Owl's Bog, Crane's Bog, and Swan Ponds.

Trails leading to Park Słowiański. By Jerzy Wilanowski

Szprotawa Forest District can boast an excellent network of bicycle trails.

Szprotawa Forest District also includes a network of walking trails designed by PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society) in Żary that combines natural and historic attractions of the area in a tourist-friendly form.