The Milicz Ponds - it is the largest complex of ponds in Europe, has over 800 years of tradition of fish farming. Located in a nature park "Barycz Valley”, the biggest in Poland (87 040 ha). Ponds are the largest in the country reserve protects birds (5324.31 ha). The Milicz Ponds belong to a global Network Living Lakes (living lakes). They are best known from the carp from Milicz - a traditional regional product. Nature reserve The Milicz Ponds was established in 1963, it is a unique area in terms of natural and historical throughout Europe. On its site fishermen carry extensive fish farming, it means that you can’t perform hunting, fishing (unless on separate commercial fisheries) and mow reed ponds lying areas. A significant part of the reserve is generally available from public roads and specially demarcated and marked natural paths. Reserve intended to protect wetland birds and their habitats. Among them you can meet a lot of rare species: white-tailed eagles, nighthawks, black terns, buzzers, fire station, marsh warbler, hoopoes, kingfishers, lapwings, black storks, cranes and others. In these ponds lives of 20% of the total national population of greylag geese, and so it is more than in Mazury lakes. In recent years, increasing numbers appear egrets, which are newcomers from southern Europe and Asia Minor. Apart from the rich birdlife in the reserve they are also beavers, otters, muskrats, badgers and raccoon dogs. Are common here reptiles - snake, worm, adder, sand lizard, and amphibians: lowland toads, spadefoot frog ground and gulls, less newts and frogs. Among the most common farmed fish are carp, catfish, grass carp, silver carp, perch, pike, eels. In addition, small fishes: catfish, Budworm, gudgeon, ruff, stickleback. Invertebrates are represented by the protected mussel - swan mussel and very rare insects - hermit beetle and Capricorn beetle. In the reserve there were 547 species of vascular plants, the most interesting and rarest plants are: white waterlily (called a water lily), Salvinia natans, Stratiotes Aloides and predatory Utricularia vulgaris. Founded by Cistercian Monks in the thirteenth century, The Milicz Ponds are the largest in Europe, carp breeding center, the largest nature reserve in Poland and one of the most valuable ornithological centers in Europe.