Ambassador profile


  Name: Jerzy Misiak
  Function: Director of the Kampinos National Park
  Country: Poland
  E-mail: dyrekcja(at)
  Tel: +48 22722 6001

Organisation profile


  Organisation: Kampinos National Park
  E-mail: dyrekcja(at)
  Tel: +48 22722 6001
  Established: 1945-1970
  Category: National Park
  Number of staff: 170
Site profile
  Site name: Puszcza Kampinoska  
  Location: E 20 35, N 52 19  
  Land area: 37,648.71 ha  
  Nearest urban settlement: Warsaw  
  Natura 2000 ID: PLC 14001  
  Annual visitor count: 1,000,000  
  Majority of visitors from: Warsaw  
  Site description:

The National Park was established in 1959 and is one of the best preserved complexes of inland dunes and marshlands in Europe. It is the second largest National Park in Poland, one of the two European National Parks bordering the capital city of their country.


All species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
  1337 Castor fiber Beaver
  1308 Barbastella barbastellus Barbastelle
  1324 Myotis myotis Myotis bat
  1318 Myotis dascyneme Pond bat
  1361 Lynx lynx Lynx
  1355 Lutra lutra Otter
  A223 Aegolius funereus Boreal owl
  A229 Alcedo atthis Common kingfisher
  A255 Anthus campestris Tawny pipit
  A089 Aquila pomarina Lesser spotted eagle
  A222 Asio flammeus Short-eared owl
  A104 Bonasa bonasia Hazel grouse
  A021 Botaurus stellaris Bittern
  A224 Caprimulgus europaeus Nightjar
  A197 Chlidonias niger Black tern
  A031 Ciconia ciconia White stork
  A030 Ciconia nigra Black stork
  A081 Circus aeruginosus Marsh harrier
  A082 Circus cyaneus Northern harrier
  A083 Circus macrourus Pallid harrier
  A084 Circus pygargus Montagu's harrier
  A122 Crex crex Corncrake
  A238 Dendrocopos medius Middle spotted woodpecker
  A429 Dendrocopos syriacus Syrian woodpecker
  A236 Dryocopus martius Black woodpecker
  A027 Egretta alba White heron
  A379 Emberiza hortulana Ortolan bunting
  A098 Falco columbarius Merlin
  A321 Ficedula albicollis Collared flycatcher
  A320 Ficedula parva Red-breasted flycatcher
  A127 Grus grus Crane
  A075 Haliaeetus albicilla White-tailed eagle
  A092 Hieraaetus pennatus Booted eagle
  A022 Ixobrychus minutus Little bittern
  A338 Lanius collurio Red-backed shrike
  A177 Larus minutus Little gull
  A157 Limosa limosa Black-tailed godwit
  A246 Lullula arborea Woodlark
  A272 Luscinia svecica Bluethroat
  A072 Pernis apivorus Honey buzzard
  A151 Philomachus pugnax Ruff
  A234 Picus canus Grey-headed woodpecker
  A120 Porzana parva Little crake
  A119 Porzana porzana Spotted crake
  A195 Sterna albifrons Little tern
  A190 Sterna caspia Caspian tern
  A193 Sterna hirundo Common tern
  A307 Sylvia nisoria Barred warbler
  A166 Tringa glareola Wood sandpiper
  1188 Bombina bombina Fire-bellied toad
  1145 Misgurnus fossilis Weatherfish
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  7230 Alkaline fens
  6510 Lowland hay meadows
  91E0* Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior
  9170 Galio-carpinetum oak hornbeam forests
  6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soild
  91I0* Euro-Siberian steppic woods with Quercus spp.
  2330 Inland Dunes with open Corynephorus and Agrostis grasslands
  6120* Xeric and calcareous grasslands
  6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (* important orchid sites)
  4030 European dry heaths
  7110* Active raised bogs
  7140 Transition mires and quacking bogs
  91D0* Bog woodland
  91T0 Central European lichen Scots pine forests
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←        → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Recreational groups        
Stakeholder success stories

Butterfly Programme

To date, no activities strictly related to Natura 2000 have taken place.

A programme concerning the conservation and upgrading of habitat for rare butterflies of wet, semi-natural meadows, financed by LIFE and organised with several NGOs is being planned, but has not yet been launched.


University Programmes

Several scientific and nature monitoring programmes carried out by various Polish universities.(eg. Warsaw Agricultural University, Warsaw University, Warsaw Military Technical Academy).

Example of our cooperation with the Warsaw University:

A special volume of the 'Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology' magazine was published. The title of this publication was "Water Circulation Study of the Kampinoski National Park" and it gave a very important and useful overview of many hydrological issues which are important for the proper management of a protected area.


Photo credit: Grzegorz Okolow
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000


Action plan meetings
Guided visits


  Event frequency
At least once per month


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Communication literature produced
Magazines / periodicals
Guides / maps


  Communication target groups
General public
Other site managers
Local community
Site visitors
Other: Schools


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Description of communication strategy
The Park does not run a strategy dedicated specifically to Natura 2000, but is frequently mentioned and explained in the Park’s many educational events and materials as well as in the cooperation with local governments, NGOs and other units.
Kampinos National Park’s staff lead various educational events for a wide variety of student groups (from preschool to college). The staff also create material for ecological and educational publications, for example:
  • The “Puszcza Kampinoska” (Kampinos Forest) magazine
  • Materials for teachers who give lessons in environmental education
  • Leaflets, books and compact discs concerning general information about the Park and specific issues of the Park’s functioning, like the lynx reintroduction programme
  • The Park’s website is another communication tool.


  Site involved in joint working / networking


  Details of joint working / networking activity
  • Eurosite (since 1997) – exchange of materials and information, participation of Kampinos National Park staff in several Eurosite workshops.
  • The EUROPARC Federation – in the years 2003-2004 organization of EUROPARC’s Junior Ranger programme.
  • Berezynski Biosphere Reserve (Belarus) (since 1999) – exchange of staff and materials.
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (USA) (since 1998) – exchange of staff and materials, common research and educational programmes.
  • Vosges du Nord Biosphere Reserve (since 2007) – exchange of materials.
  • Universite catolique de Louvein (Belgium) – common publications.


Site management profile
"Protection of forest and wetland ecosystems in Kampinos National Park and the Natura 2000 site “Puszcza Kampinoska”."
  Key site management issues:


  • Preservation of the unique mosaic of wetland and forest ecosystems.
  • Cultural, educational, historical and scientific values of Kampinos Forest.
  • Restoration of disturbed natural processes and habitats.


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


The Natura 2000 site is within the boundaries of Kampinos National Park (National Parks are the highest form of nature protection in Poland), therefore all the management activities carried out in the Park directly impact the Natura 2000 site.


  Key site management objectives:


A large scale project which is being realized in the Park in order to implement proper nature protection measures is the land purchase programme. Its goal is to purchase land in order to renaturalize water systems, restructure forest stands and maintain open ecosystems in order to preserve biodiversity. It mostly targets private land owners.

Indeed, a significant percentage of the land within the Park's boundaries belonged to private land owners making it impossible for the Park to implement certain ecologically necessary activities.


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


  • Private owners
  • Ecological funds
  • Scientists
  • Central government
  • Local governments


  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


  • Part of the private land was purchased
  • Buildings were taken apart
  • Forests were planted on some of the purchased land
  • Others were left for succession.

Land owners were encouraged to sell their land and the land was purchased using financial resources coming from the central budget or ecological funds. Valuable (from the ecological point of view) fragments of land within the Park’s boundaries were sometimes traded for equivalent fragments outside the main Park complex. Currently the Park has the right of pre-emption in purchasing the land.


  Results of action and activities:


Since the year 1974 when the project started 10 570 ha of land were purchased by the Park.

2 860 ha still remain to be purchased.


  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


The budget changed quite significantly between the years and due to various changes within the Polish currency and economical system it is impossible to give a reliable summary. For example in the year 2007 the project has an overall budget of PLN 3,6 million (approx. Euro 960,000), PLN 2,5 million (approx. Euro 670,000) from the National Nature Protection and Water Management Fund, PLN 1 million (approx. Euro 267,000) from the Voivod Nature Protection and Water Management Fund and PLN 100 000 (approx. Euro 27,000) from the central budget.


Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


The 2007 budget for nature conservation tasks is almost PLN 3 million (approx. Euro 800,000).


  Budget reserved for communication:


The budget for communication in the year 2007 is approximately PLN 130 000 (approx. Euro 35,000). In this budget, PLN 55,000 (approx. Euro 15,000) comes from the central budget and the rest comes from various ecological funds.


  European funding:


Conservation and upgrading of habitat for rare butterflies of wet, semi-natural meadows, financed by LIFE is being planned.


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