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Situated in north east Poland, Bialowieza Forest is a huge area covering 1500 sq.km where, roughly, one third lies in Poland and two thirds in Belarus. Primeval forests, rivers, wetlands and meadows make up this UNESCO World Heritage site. It is, quite simply, one of the most wildlife rich sites in Europe.

Of all the birds and mammals that live within this wild region (59 mammal species, over 250 bird, 13 amphibian, 7 reptile and over 12,000 invertebrate species), the European bison or Wisent is the one that most come to see as it is the only place in Europe where such a significant wild, free roaming herd can be seen. Following their extinction in Bialowieza in 1919, they were successfully reintroduced in 1929 and now, both on the Polish and Belarusian side, there are approximately 450 individuals in each country roaming freely in the forests and meadows which makes up almost 25% of the world’s total population and over 30% of free-living animals.

 

Tracks of European bison

Tracks of European bison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bison and yellowhammers

Bison and yellowhammers

Bison and yellowhammers

Bison and yellowhammers

Greenfinches

Greenfinches

Hawfinch

Hawfinch

Immature red deer stag

Immature red deer stag

Ravens

Ravens

Common buzzards

Common buzzards

Common buzzards fighting

Common buzzards fighting

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

Fox and ravens

Fox and ravens

Velvet shank fungus

Velvet shank fungus

Oyster mushroom

Oyster mushroom

Pine forest abstract

Pine forest abstract

Birch at sunset

Birch at sunset

Wild boar

Wild boar

Wild boar running at dusk

Wild boar running at dusk