Nowa Huta Meadows
The Nowa Huta Meadows were founded around an oxbow lake, split from the Wisła in the Middle Ages, as part of the fields and meadows neighbouring Krakow. In the 1950s, it was planned for the area now occupied by the Nowa Huta Meadows to be turned into a massive artificial recreational lake, which now forms an integral part of today's so-called Old Nowa Huta. Nowadays, the Meadows are home to more than 370 species of flowering plants, including rare, protected Early Marsh Orchids, Pink Maidens and Valerian. 37 bird species also make their nests there.