European Stork Village 2001 - Tykocin (Poland)
The village of Tykocin has 6,860 inhabitants and is situated on the edge of the Narew floodplain in north-east Poland. In Pentowo, a district of Tykocin, a single farm is home to the largest colony of white storks in Poland. Thanks to the actions of the farm owner collaborating with the PTOP (Polish Society for the Protection of Birds), the construction of nesting aids has succeeded in increasing the number of nests from two in the late 1980s to 27 in 2001. There is also a visitor information centre on the farm. The land use on feeding habitats in the area is compatible with nature. Wet grassland, which has been partially reirrigated after having been previously drained, is grazed extensively by old breeds of farm animals, such as Polish red cattle, or mowed at intervals.
Nests on: houses, trees, electricity poles
Stork festival: stork week, early June
Support measures: construction of nest supports, rewilding of wet meadows, extensive agriculture
Further details: information centre and observation tower in Pentowo
Partners: PTOP (Polish Society for the Protection of Birds)