Oder Delta - Poland

-a unique region rich with a large mosaic of land, marine and freshwater ecosystems-

Located on the edge of the Baltic Sea this ecological crossroad in Europe is one of the most exciting wild areas in north-central Europe. Natural areas have been restored and are beginning to thrive, and with the cities of Berlin and Szczecin are only a few hours away! Its an ideal area for a weekend discovery or a long holiday exploration.

Birdilife paradise

The Oder Delta is one of the top places in Europe for watching white tailed eagles, spend an afternoon in search of herds of wild European bison or go on a guided safaris in search of the illusive beaver. The area is wild with species like wolf and Elk moving bewteen the heathlands and riparian forests. Key Red List species live in this largely undiscovered natural world including lesser spotted eagles, ospreys, aquatic warbler, whiskered terns, black storks, kingfishers and cranes.

Explore the area on guided walking tours, by solar powered boats or canoes and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of this area including visits to old formal settlements of Vikings, gothic churhces and hanseatic towns.

The regions quality management system ensures the protection of the unique landscapes, and this offers you a chance to experience first hand conservation in practice.

Spend the early mornings exploring the near by meadows and fields waiting for red deer to come out of the forests using newly designed wildlife watching hides, spotting scopes and binoculars. From diverse wildlife attractions to culture, the area is waiting to be discovered. 

From old sail boats to solar cruisers, this landscape has so many means of exploration - all backed by natures vast recovering beauty.

Rewilding efforts

The Oder Delta is becoming increasingly well-known as a rewilding area and prominent nature tourism destination. Rewilding Europe is developing a network of local wilderness guides, wildlife watching tours and hides, lodging and other nature-based enterprises that are creating jobs and burgeoning support for rewilding. 

The Oder Delta team is working with partners to boost biodiversity in the delta by improving habitats. The eagle is one of the rarest breeding bird species, with only about 100 breeding pairs left in the northeastern part of the country, most of them in the Oder Delta rewilding area and its surroundings. Nest protection shields were also installed to protect eagle nests against predation in order to boost breeding success.

The Rewilding Oder Delta team is now working to restore fish populations and fish migration in the Stettin Lagoon a Natura 2000 site and Important Bird Area on the Polish side. Activities include the rewilding of river banks, the restoration of natural hydrodynamics, the removal of obstacles to support fish migration, and the re-wetting of areas adjacent to waterways.

Read more about our work in the Oder Delta here