Development of mires in Dury Reserve, Poland: implications for nature conservation

Krystyna Milecka and Grzegorz Kowalewski

After Wise Use – The Future of Peatlands, Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress: Pristine Mire Landscapes

Tullamore, Ireland

accumulation-rate, macrofossil-analysis, peatland-lake, pollen-analysis, tuchola-forest-in-poland

Milecka 2008: Development of mires in Dury Reserve


The Dury Reserve is located on the outwash plain of the Tuchola Forest, Poland. The research investigated basin infill processes, the rate of accumulation of organic sediments, gyttja and peat, differences in various accumulation basins and human influences in the past, especially on hydrology (changes of water table). The results show regional and local vegetation history from the Younger Dryas to the present; weak human influences; differentiated rate of accumulation of gyttja and peat; and an oligotrophic, acid type of environment in the basins that has not changed since at least 2000 years.