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Sauntering in Jeziorko Żytnia State Reserve, Siedlce

Sauntering in Jeziorko Żytnia State Reserve, Siedlce

One day we decided to pay a visit to Jeziorko Żytnia ("The Little Rye Lake") state reserve located not far from our apartment house. It was easy to find it on Google maps. The road to the state reserve is not asphalted, which is good. There is no fence around it and no signs that forbid the entrance. There are huge oleaster trees (wild olives) on both sides of the earthroad that takes you to another street past the state reserve. You only jave to know where to turn left to approach the state reserve. Unfortunately, there are no paths to it, and you have to struggle through high grass on your way. The state reserve itself is a small plot of land around an old triangle-shaped lake with an area of 0.11 sq.m. I wondered if it was possible and necessary to clean the lake and thus to inhale a new life into it.

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Sauntering in Jeziorko Żytnia State Reserve, Siedlce
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We enjoy visiting the Martyrs of Pratulin Memorial Cross located on the northern outskirts of Siedlce.

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There are asphalted roads and earthroads here. This is where Pope John Paul II spoke to thousands of the faithful on June 10, 1999 during his visit of Siedlce.
There is a mould not far from the Cross. We climbed it and had nice views from its top.

Visiting the Blonie Mould, Siedlce

Visiting the Blonie Mould, Siedlce

The Siedlce Ponds are not far from this place. In fact, we discovered the pathways now, and want to pay a visit there.
According to the official guide, the Siedlce Ponds ("Stawy Siedleckie" in Polish) can only be visited after notifying the host because they are a breeding precinct. In fact, there is no access to this state reserve, and everywhere you can see signs, "No prespassing". Therefore, if you decide to cross the invisible fence under the "No trespassing" sign, you run a risk of an encounter with a wild boar or an elk or a state reserve inspector, and the fine can comprise a four or five digit-sum. Instead of running into trouble, we simply approached the nearby forest in the buffer zone and walked around a bit.

Strolling in the forest area of the Siedlce Ponds State Reserve, Siedlce_6

Strolling in the forest area of the Siedlce Ponds State Reserve, Siedlce_6

This state reserve is famous for its huge breeding colony of the gull that allegedly has over 10,000 nests there. There are also kingfishers, coots, cormorants and white herons.

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This sign reminds us that we are in a state reserve. It reads, "The River Liwiec Refuge".

The state reserve aims at protecting and preserving feeding grounds and resting places for rare bird species, as well as the habitats of rare plant species and invertebrates. Established in 2008, the Siedlce Ponds State Reserve has an area of 224 ha. It includes eleven ponds separated by causeways. Besides, there is a buffer zone that has even greater area than the state reserve itself.

Visiting the Topórek fishing ponds, Siedlce

Visiting the Topórek fishing ponds, Siedlce

We started exploring this state reserve by visiting its eastern part, where two fishing ponds are located.

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Walking toward Topórek fishing ponds, Siedlce

Walking toward Topórek fishing ponds, Siedlce

According to this advertisement, the fishing ponds is a farm, where we could also buy some fresh fish, if we agree with the owners. We could not aproach the ponds themselevs sicne it is private property. I could only take one picture from the gate.

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“Lavender Eye” plantation invites us to enjoy Mother Nature. The plantation owners offer fresh and dried bouquets of lavender, lavender cosmetics and preparations of seedlings of various varieties, lavender workshops, photo sessions and a nice relaxation in the open.

Visiting the Lavender Eye plantation, Siedlce

Visiting the Lavender Eye plantation, Siedlce


“Lavender Eye” lavender plantation near Siedlce

“Lavender Eye” lavender plantation near Siedlce


Our happy company at the lavender plantation, Siedlce

Our happy company at the lavender plantation, Siedlce


This lavender plantation is in the tiny village of Purzec in Siedlce Municipality. Our Ukrainian friends here in Sielce took us there on a Sunday by car.

We observed the stork nest located on a specially built mast near the plantation.
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We also observed a stork family in the air and in their nest while visiting the lavender plantation, Siedlce
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The lavender blossoms attract hundreds of pollinators and butterflies. A makhaon was posing for me for a minute.
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Posted by Vic_IV 08:09 Archived in Poland Tagged masovia mazovia siedlce oginski

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Lavender farms are fantastic, so fragrant. I've only ever been to one - in Jersey. There's certainly some lovely countryside around where you live.

by irenevt

Yes, Irene, that's true! We enjoy our strolls in the open.

by Vic_IV

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