Bialowieza Forest, Bialowieza

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Białowieża Forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. The forest is home to 800 European bison, Europe's heaviest land animal. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) designated the Polish Biosphere Reserve Białowieża in 1976 and the Belarusian Biosphere Reserve Belovezhskaya Puschcha in 1993. In 2015, the Belarusian Biosphere Reserve occupied the area of 216,200ha, subdivided into transition, buffer and core zones. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an EU Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation. The World Heritage Committee by its decision of June 2014 approved the extension of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Belovezhskaya Pushcha/Białowieża Forest, Belarus, Poland”, which became “Białowieża Forest, Belarus, Poland”. It straddles the border between Poland (Podlaskie Voivodeship) and Belarus (Brest Voblast and Hrodna Voblast), and is 70km north of Brest, Belarus and 62km southeast of Białystok, Poland. The Białowieża Forest World Heritage site covers a total area of 141,885ha. Since the border between the two countries runs through the forest, there is a border crossing available for hikers and cyclists.
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  • First of all - BRING INSECT SPRAY. Put lots of on. Avoidn shorts and short sleeves. Although very expensive by Polish standards, hire a guide to show you into the forest (required), and enjoy their in...  more »
  • This forest is wonderful for nature lovers. A group of us spent three days in and around it in May, following a local guide who knew his stuff. We saw a wide variety of birds, and lots of interesting ...  more »
  • The Bialowieza forest is being decimated by state-sponsored indiscriminate logging for short-term profit. It is Europe's last piece of primal forest, and home to thousands of vulnerable species. Pleas...  more »

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