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Kodeń. A new nature reserve was established on the Bug river. The sight of rare lichen species is impressive

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“Sugry” them. Janusz Szostakiewicza is the name of a new nature reserve, which was established in the Chotyłów Forest District (Lublin Province). It was established to protect – unique in terms of preservation – the moss forest with rare lichens. This is the second such reserve in Poland, after the one located in Bory Tucholskie.

4.5 km south of Kodeń, between the Włodawa-Kodeń road and the Bug River. It is there – in the area currently under a state of emergency – that the new nature reserve, which was established in the Chotyłów Forest District, is located. The complex covers an area of ​​44.23 ha. In addition, an over 31-hectare buffer zone has been delimited around it.

– The area of ​​the reserve is entirely located within the Zabłocie Forest District. This is an example of landscapes typical of this part of the Bug valley. It will certainly be a valuable object of nature protection due to the nature of the vegetation there, says Piotr Musiał, forest manager.

In the reserve, you can admire the fields of moss trees

This is what the fields of moss looks like in the reserve (photo from 01/09/2021)Małgorzata Bielak, Chotyłów Forest Inspectorate

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The reserve was established to protect – unique in terms of preservation – the moss forest with rare lichens. Among other things, mackerel. So blue lichen, the appearance of which is very impressive. Especially that in the reserve, we can see their entire stretches.

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The local ecosystem is also very rich in lichens. It has almost 70 species of this type of organisms, both terrestrial and arboreal. Several of them are under strict species protection in Poland. Particularly noteworthy is the very rare species of Bryoria, which until recently was considered an extinct species in our country.

The reserve can be an excellent object for scientific research

– The creation of the reserve means that we will not perform any planned economic tasks in this area. We will focus primarily on maintaining the protection objective in a satisfactory condition – emphasizes the Musiał forest district manager quoted at the beginning.

Among the many species of mosses and lichens, there is the Icelandic lungwort (photo from 01/09/2021)Małgorzata Bielak, Chotyłów Forest Inspectorate

On the other hand, Zygmunt Byra, director of the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Lublin, emphasizes that thanks to the creation of the reserve, it will be possible to observe the changes that will take place in the local ecosystem over the years. – The area of ​​the reserve can be used as an excellent object for scientific research – he emphasizes.

The name refers to the nineteenth-century mill settlement

The full name of the reserve is: Reserve “Sugry” im. Janusz Szostakiewicz. It refers to the mill settlement established at the beginning of the 19th century, which was called Suhre or Suchry. At that time, it had 21 inhabitants and three houses. Before World War II, there were already 13 houses in the village. Years later, only one cottage with a sunken roof and no windows remained in this place. And, out of use, a concrete well.

There are also a lot of tree lichens (photo from 01/09/2021)Małgorzata Bielak, Chotyłów Forest Inspectorate

On the other hand, the name given to the reserve in memory of the main initiator of its creation – Janusz Szostakiewicz, who was a forester by education and an advocate of nature protection, for 35 years professionally associated with the Ministry of Environment. Szostakiewicz initiated the establishment of many forms of nature protection in the northern Lublin region, incl. The Podlasie Bug Gorge Landscape Park. He was also one of the initiators of the establishment of the “Western Polesie” International Biosphere Reserve.

This is the fourth nature reserve in this forest district

The reserve named after him is the fourth one in the Chotyłów Forest District. The others are: “Dobryń”, “Czapli Stóg” and “Podlasie Switzerland”. Their total area is 116 ha.

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When creating the text, we used an article by Paweł Kurzyna from the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Lublin entitled “New reserve in the forest district”, which was published on September 7 on the website of the Chotyłów Forest District

The reserve is located 4.5 km south of the town of Kodeń. Currently, this area is under a state of emergency

Main photo source: Małgorzata Bielak, Chotyłów Forest Inspectorate



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