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The Rogalin Landscape Park

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The Rogalin Landscape Park was created in 1997 and occupies 127.5 sq. km. in the Warta Valley north of Poznań, between Puszczykowo, Mosina and Śrem. The park was established to protect the cluster of centuries-old pedunculate oaks growing in the Warta Valley – one of the largest of its kind in Europe – and to preserve the scenic, historical and cultural qualities of the valley. The famous Rogalin oaks grow in the grazing meadows on the floodplains and are a popular floral attraction. There are 1453 oaks registered, of which 860 are recognised as natural monuments. The best known are named Lech, Czech and Rus, after the legendary founders of the Slavic states, and grow in the palace park. The Rogalin oak is associated with the great capricorn beetle, a protected insect belonging to the longhorn beetle family. The beetle’s larvae are contributing to the decay of the trees by boring deep passages into their wood.

The park has many rare, disappearing and protected plant species. The yellow water-lily, military orchid, Siberian iris and insect-eating sundew can all be found here. The park’s diversity of habitat is reflected by an extremely diverse fauna. Large game animals like red deer, roe deer and wild boar inhabit the forests that cover almost half the park, while the Warta is home to otters and beavers. Birds, however, are the most numerous with 220 species, many of which nest in the park. These include cranes, jays, golden orioles, sparrowhawks, buzzards, kites, woodpeckers and nightingales. The most valuable natural areas are protected in the Krajkowo and Goździk Siny w Gryzbnie (Dianthus Caesius in Grzybno) reserves.

The park possesses many historical and commemorative assets as well. Those of the highest quality can be found in the Rogalin palace and park complex. While there, it is well worthwhile popping in to Puszczykówko to visit the Arkady Fiedler Museum. The Wielkopolska National Park is right by. The park has several bicycle paths and walking trails.

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