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Kaniuki_3Seemingly mellow, the lowland river of Narew can often surprise by a sudden rise in the water level, and not necessarily as a result of particularly severe or long-lasting rains. Fortunately, the warm and sunny dawn of the summer this year favored fieldwork. The starting fall didn't bring substantial rainfalls and it allows continuing the running operations. We have already completed the construction of the largest of the investments planned for this year – the ford in the Kaniuki village. At the moment the contractor has moved to Puchły, where it has started the construction of the second largest ford, which should make it possible to cross the Rudnia River safely. For this year, we have also planned commissioning six more similar minor facilities. The fords allow farming vehicles to drive through watercourses and old river beds. This will not only facilitate scything of meadows located in islands formed by innumerable tributaries and old river beds of the Narew River, but first and foremost – collecting and transporting the scythed biomass, which up to now was not possible in many places. Currently existing and traditionally exploited fords did not have a hardened bottom and appropriately designed sag grades, they were also not indicated anyhow in the field. The bottom of the new weirs is hardened with open-work slabs and will not be damaged by vehicle wheels. Gentle sag grades will allow drive access for tractors with trailers and transporting of hay bales.

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gniazdoAs part of meadow restoration in the Upper Narew River Valley, we have managed to scythe nearly 40 ha of disused areas within just last year. We didn't need to wait long for the first outcome of our actions. During a field examination concerning fords to be designed this year we have observed 3-4 couples of startled lapwings flying over the scythed reed beds. We have also come across a nest with eggs, this way confirming the positive result of our conservation efforts. This year we are planning to scythe further areas, which are currently being selected. Access to until now inaccessible plots is made possible thanks to the fords. The first of such passages has been constructed last year near the Kaczały village, the next 8 will be set up in the second half of this year, and construction plans of further 7 fords are currently being prepared.

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www-dzialki-ZawykiEveryone would agree that managing one's own land is much more effective than handling other peoples' plots. What is more, we can be sure that purchased land will be employed exclusively for the purposes of environmental protection, what is also guaranteed by appropriate notes in the notarial deeds. For this reason, a very important action which we have planned within the scope of the project is to purchase 160 ha of land in the vicinity of the great snipes' lekking sites. Since September 2012 we have managed to buy over 117 ha. This area encompasses 104 plots, meaning that an average plot had an area of 1.125 ha. The smallest plots had the area of the order of 0.1 ha, and the largest one – 27.02 ha. This demonstrates how important is the fragmentation of properties in the Upper Narew River Valley, particularly visible in the neighborhood of the villages of Zawyki, as well as Samułki Małe and Duże (see the attached map). Besides, this region represents a completely new area for PTOP, as until now we haven't owned any land there. Plots purchased in this neighborhood form a kind of leaven, a nucleation site around which we are planning to aggregate areas, in order to be able to manage them freely in the future, taking into consideration only the interests of the environment, just as it is the case of the Trześcianka area. Here, consequent land purchases taking place for multiple years give us the freedom to scythe vast areas, construct fords, renovate access roads and form habitats for great snipes within the scope of the present project.

_IGP1180On November 18th we have started road restoration works and the construction a ford passage near the village of Kaczały in the Narew municipality. Ruts and holes, which hampered the access to meadows with farm vehicles, are being filled up on a 179 m-long section. The driveway through a ditch cutting the road through will be reinforced with concrete slabs. Works are expected to end on November 30th, therefore scything of nearby meadows and disposal of the accumulated biomass next year should not be a problem anymore. Below we present a photographic report from the construction site by Jarosław Stepaniuk.

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AA8From the beginning of July work is in progress in our plots near Trześcianka, Kaniuki, Koźliki and Narew – land surveyors restore the boundaries of the plots where we will be scything and removing shrubs after August 1st. Altogether we plan to restore approximately 40 hectares of meadows this year. We are facing a challenging task, as the meadows have not been in use for a long time, and their boundaries can only be found with the help of a land surveyor.

Some points were marked using oakwood posts painted in bright colours, others were stabilized with concrete pillars. It will be possible now to localize them precisely using a GPS receiver, and to delineate the scything areas.

 

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Photo Jarosław Stepaniuk

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