Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Destinations: Bialowieza Forest - Poland
The Bialowieza National Park, is one of Europe's greatest forests. It lies in the very east on the Belarussian border, indeed it continues on over the border. It is 3-4 hours from Warsaw by road. A major draw here for wildlife watchers is the European Bison Bison bonasus (aka the Wisent). This is huge herbivore lives in the mature deciduous forests and clearing. Big bulls can stand almost 2 metres at the shoulder. Park rangers often know where the bison are. Bialowieza is a prime destination for birders, too. Forest species are excellent here: Hazel Grouse, woodpeckers, owls, flycatchers, as well as a host of warblers.