Wawer’s Meander, Warsaw

This area is a floodplain so it’s name reffers to the river Vistula, the district of the city (Wawer) and it’s plants: Wawer’s meander, Wawer’s alder, Vistula bend. The biggest marshes in Warsaw, the site is an island surrounded by high urbanized areas, 54 ha is a protected landscape complex, the rest (more than 200 ha) are private properties. 

Land nick names, Neologisms and slang terms

Wawer’s Meander



Ostrobramska, Siekierkowska, Płowiecka, Trakt Lubelski in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Land Topography

Size of the Land in sqm (approx.)

(approx.) 260 ha


  • long grass
  • Trees
  • Brown soil
  • - water
  • rubbish
  • Swampland
  • old trucks
  • ancient agriculture terrain
  • Wetlands
  • Reeds
  • orchards


  • Old abandoned cars
  • Metal sheds
  • Rickshaws
  • Fire pits
  • swampland
  • cool in summer
  • Vast
  • Water
  • Good Soil
  • Animal Made Paths
  • home of beavers

Land status and definition


  • Vacant

Legal Status

  • In Private Ownership

Current Land Owner

a lot of private owners

Known intended future use by the land owner(s)

Single family housing estates

Historical (basic)

Until the beginning of 20th century all the terrain was a floodplain, in 30’s and 50’s there were built the drainage channels, some parts were used by agriculture, the area of swamps had never gave up and it’s maybe only one place in Warsaw unchanged by humans.



Land Access


  • Accessible with effort

Some parts are always inaccessible because of standing water and dense reeds, it’s possible to walks on the paths


There is no fencing beside the fence of a highway from west, the border of north side is along the channel, the others are limited by the streets and private properties

Land Users

Land is occupied by

  • Walkers
  • Bypassers
  • Foxes
  • animals
  • birds
  • beavers
  • Nature enthusiasts


Bird observation, wetlands exploration, walking, bicycle, relax, beeing in nature, meditation

Compare to Wasteland