Bialowieza Forest, Bialowieza

Categories: Forests, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • We had the privilege of being guided through the restricted area of this beautiful forest, but not before we managed to get up close and personal with two male bison. Our guide was excellent and knew ...  read more »
  • It is interesting to see bison.....;-) And seriously this forest is in itself amazing. reserve a full mug!
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  • Unfortunately, due to fungi and insects, many trees are dead or dying, but the forest is great and offers many images, animals, and stories. Controversy on tree logging and the fact that not all the a...  read more »
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