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Chelm Marshes

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To the north and east of Chelm in eastern Poland are large areas of marshes with a fine selection of breeding wetland birds.

The habitats are varied with peat bogs and wet meadows, willow and birch scrub and lakes and fish ponds.

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Breeders include bitterns, storks, Crane and crakes with numerous passerines including Penduline Tit and Bearded Tit and the declining Aquatic Warbler which is still common in this area.

The raptors seen here include Black Kite, Northern Goshawk, harriers and Lesser Spotted Eagle, possibly still White-tailed Eagle. The scrubland has Black Grouse and various waders occur in the meadows including Great Snipe and Black-tailed Godwit.

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Birds you can see here include:

Great Bittern, Little Bittern, Grey Heron, Black Stork, White Stork, Ferruginous Duck, European Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Black Grouse, Common Crane, Water Rail, Spotted Crake, Little Crake, Corn Crake, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Ruff, Eurasian Woodcock, Great Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, White-winged Tern, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Short-eared Owl, Eurasian Wryneck, Thrush Nightingale, Bluethroat, Whinchat, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Eurasian River Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, Eurasian Reed Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Barred Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Penduline Tit, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Common Rosefinch, Ortolan Bunting

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The fish ponds at Sosnowica are particularly rich, possibly with breeding Ferruginous Duck, and have woodland nearby with Black Stork and Eurasian Eagle Owl.

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The marshes cover a large area between Chelm and the Ukrainian border and are best explored by road using Chelm as a base. Chelm lies 70km east of Lublin and there is a rail service between the two.

Parts of the marshes are protected as nature reserves and others as Lanscape Parks and Protected Landscape areas.

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