Curiosities

A living museum of post glacial formations

section: Nature

The Wielkopolska National Park is a living museum of post glacial formations. Virtually all the forms left behind by glaciers in our country can be observed in this small area.

Mysterious pictograms in Wylatowo

section: Nature

Every year, mysterious pictograms, attributed to beings from an extraterrestrial civilisation, appear in a Wylatowo field. These are accompanied by magnetic anomalies like batteries and accumulators being discharged and electrical equipment malfunctioning.

The mayor underground oil and fuel depot

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Poland's major underground oil and fuel depot is in the vicinity of Inowrocław. The tight chambers left over once the salt has been rinsed are filled with a secondary brine in which "swimming" cushions of oleic compounds are immersed.

An uneven battle

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Three famous protected Rogalin oak trees, Lech, Czech and Rus, are under threat from the likewise protected Great Capricorn beetle. Experts opine that the beetle is the more threatened species and so the oaks are slowly losing an uneven battle.

The Morasko Meteorite Nature Reserve

section: Nature

The Morasko Meteorite Nature Reserve, the only one of its kind in the world, can be found inside the Poznań city limits. Several craters formed from the impact of a meteor strike about 5,000 years ago are preserved here.

The largest bat colony in Europe

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Europe's largest bat colony (about 20,000) can be found in the Nietoperek Reserve, created in the vaults of the Międzyrzecz Fortified Region.

Lake Gosławskie

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Lake Gosławskie has a water temperature of 5-11°C as a result of being part of the cooling system of the Konin power plant. This makes it possible for warm water species of fish (e.g. silver carp, grass carp and black carp), which would otherwise not be found here, to breed.

Robin Hood oaks

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The young oaks at the Natural Education Centre in Chalin, near Sieraków, were cultivated from the Robin Hood oak in Sherwood Forest in England.

Royal fern around Baszków

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Wielkopolska's largest area of protected royal fern can be found around Baszków. With fronds growing to 2m, this is the largest species of fern in Poland.