Once – the beloved hunting place of Polish-Lithuanian monarchs and aristocrats. Then – one of the earliest-recognised portions of land in Europe that became officially protected. Finally, in 1979, a wonder of nature placed on the list of World Natural Heritage Sites. Nowadays, Bialowieza Primeval Forest attracts countless bird observers, bikers, kayakers, nature lovers and those who are curious of what the ancient environment of Europe looked like. Meeting the largest European mammal (the European Bison) eye to eye is one reason to visit this one-of-its-kind place Bialowieza Primeval Forest is.
Visiting Bialowieza Primeval Forest
requires heading towards the Polish-Belarusian border
(about 230 kilometers away from Warsaw
), but it is well worth the effort – the area is known to be one of the most charming corners of Poland, with plenty of intact wonders of nature
and picturesque countryside stretching all over it. Divided into the territories of both said countries, Bialowieza Primeval Forest covers 1,500 sq. kilometers on the Polish side, being an impressively extensive site under environmental protection to explore.
UNESCO never fails to distinguish the sites
that need special protection not to disappear from the surface of Earth. Bialowieza Primeval Forest has been appreciated for its well-preserved autochthonous tree stands
(with 96% of the area covered by such trees as oak, spruce or lime, as well as dense coniferous forests) and the steps taken there to save the European Bison
from extinction. The old-growth forest
, naturally dead wood decomposing itself in the depth of the woodland, 250 bird and 59 mammal species
(including the rare lynx
or wolf populations
), just as the fact that the area represents great natural integrity, were the main criteria for including Bialowieza Primeval Forest on the list. From the historical standpoint, the forest witnessed some of the most famous (Polish kings and their foreign guests) and infamous (like the Nazi officials, throughout the occupation of Poland) individuals coming there for hunting purposes.
The visitors to Bialowieza Primeval Forest may be surprised by the wide range of activities awaiting them there, regardless of the season (and winters tend to be beautiful there). The administrators of the national park provide them with a lot of professional assistance concerning birdwatching
, wildlife tracking
or forestry. Outside of the typical opening hours (9 am. To 5 pm. in the high season), there are plenty of individually-tailored options
to spend your time inside Bialowieza Primeval Forest offered – you may focus on watching the population of European Bison (about 900 specimens living in this habitat
) or early-morning birdwatching (with binoculars and telescopes provided), just to see the local pygmy owls
. Among the ancient pedunculate oaks, there is also the possibility to have a cycling trip arranged
, as well as to hire some equipment to take part in canoeing along the Narewka
or Nordic Walking
Truly a magnificent place Bialowieza Primeval Forest is enables people from all walks of life to spend unforgettable time there, among the pristine woodland
where modern outsiders need professional assistance not to get lost while admiring the age-old flora and fauna tightly surrounding them.
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