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Białowieża Forest

Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest: Białowieża National Park in Poland and National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Belarus are protecting the last remaining parts of the primeval forest that once stretched across the Great European Plain: Białowieża Forest. The border between Poland and Belarus runs through the Białowieża Forest. The primeval forest of Białowieża dates back to 8000 BC. Białowieża Forest is home to animals such as the wolf, lynx, otter and wisent (European bison), and 120 species of breeding birds, such as the white-backed woodpecker. Białowieża is home to more than 800 wild European bison, about 450 in the Polish part of the Białowieża Forest. Białowieża houses the largest free-living population of the wisent in the world. The European bison is the biggest European land mammal and the symbol of Białowieża National Park. Białowieża National Park is the oldest national park in Poland. The park was founded in 1921. Białowieża National Park is located some 225 km east of Warsaw. Białowieża Forest gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979 and was extended in 1992 to include Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Belarus. World Heritage Art: Białowieża

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Białowieża Forest - The entrance gate of Polish Białowieża National Park, a part of the primeval forest of Białowieża is situated inside a protected area....

The entrance gate of Polish Białowieża National Park, a part of the primeval forest of Białowieża is situated inside a protected area. The Białowieża National Park in Poland and Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Belarus are protecting the Białowieża Forest, the last remaining parts of the primeval forest that once stretched across the Great European Plain.

  1. Białowieża Forest - The entrance gate of Polish Białowieża National Park, a part of the primeval forest of Białowieża is situated inside a protected area....

    The entrance gate of Polish Białowieża National Park, a part of the primeval forest of Białowieża is situated inside a protected area. The Białowieża National Park in Poland and Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Belarus are protecting the Białowieża Forest, the last remaining parts of the primeval forest that once stretched across the Great European Plain.

  2. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża National Park: The wetlands of Białowieża Forest are among the most important wetlands of Europe. The Białowieża National Park...

    Białowieża National Park: The wetlands of Białowieża Forest are among the most important wetlands of Europe. The Białowieża National Park protects the last remnants of the immense primeval mixed deciduous and coniferous forest that once covered the Great European Plain. The primeval forest of Białowieża dates back to 8000 BC.

  3. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża Forest: Moss-covered trees in the primeval forest of Białowieża. The primeval forest of Białowieża dates back to 8000 BC. Białowieża...

    Białowieża Forest: Moss-covered trees in the primeval forest of Białowieża. The primeval forest of Białowieża dates back to 8000 BC. Białowieża Forest is home to animals such as the beaver, lynx, otter, wolf and wisent, the European bison. Also a large variety of birds live in Białowieża Forest, the birds use the forest for nesting and breeding.

  4. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża primeval forest: A tree damaged by frost. A primeval forest is not affected by human intervention. A primeval forest is often the...

    Białowieża primeval forest: A tree damaged by frost. A primeval forest is not affected by human intervention. A primeval forest is often the habitat to many rare, threatened and endangered species of animals and plants. The primeval forest of Białowieża is protected in the Białowieża National Park and is only accessible with a licensed guide.

  5. Białowieża Forest - Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest: A small stream flows through the primeval forest of Białowieża. Wet woodlands and swamps occupy large...

    Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest: A small stream flows through the primeval forest of Białowieża. Wet woodlands and swamps occupy large parts of Białowieża Forest. Centuries old trees grow in Białowieża Forest such as elm, beech, oak and lime. The forest floor is covered by ferns and other plant species such as Isopyrum and kingcup.

  6. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża Forest: Several red belted fungi growing on a tree, thousands of mushrooms can be found in the primeval forest of Białowieża....

    Białowieża Forest: Several red belted fungi growing on a tree, thousands of mushrooms can be found in the primeval forest of Białowieża. Białowieża Forest is home to more than 120 species of birds. Białowieża is also home to rare bird species, such as crane, raven and the black stork. The wetlands of Białowieża is the breeding area for cranes and black storks.

  7. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża National Park in Poland: A serpent near a footpath. Białowieża Forest is home to seven species of reptiles and eleven species...

    Białowieża National Park in Poland: A serpent near a footpath. Białowieża Forest is home to seven species of reptiles and eleven species of amphibians. Białowieża Forest was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979 and was extended in 1992 to include Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Belarus.

  8. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża Forest is located in northeastern Poland on the border between Belarus and Poland. During the German occupation of...

    Białowieża Forest is located in northeastern Poland on the border between Belarus and Poland. During the German occupation of Poland in the First World War, thousands of wild boar and deer were killed by soldiers of the German army and at least two hundred wisent were killed. Soviet poachers killed the last bison in 1919.

  9. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża National Park: The wisent is the symbol of the Białowieża National Park in Poland. The last wild wisent in the Białowieża...

    Białowieża National Park: The wisent is the symbol of the Białowieża National Park in Poland. The last wild wisent in the Białowieża Forest was killed in 1919. The wisent was reintroduced in 1929. Today, the Białowieża Forest houses the largest free-living population of the wisent in the world. There are about 450 European wisent living in the Polish part of Białowieża Forest.

  10. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża National Park: A walk with a licensed guide, a visit to the primeval forest starts at the Białowieża National Park Visitor...

    Białowieża National Park: A walk with a licensed guide, a visit to the primeval forest starts at the Białowieża National Park Visitor Centre. Fallen trees are scattered throughout Białowieża Forest. The trees fall in a storm or due to the age of the tree, the fallen trees rot and breakdown, their remains fertilize the ground. They also provide shelter and food for animals and insects.

  11. Białowieża Forest - A blindworm near a footpath in Białowieża Forest. A blindworm, also named a slow worm. A slow worm is a legless lizard native to Eurasia....

    A blindworm near a footpath in Białowieża Forest. A blindworm, also named a slow worm. A slow worm is a legless lizard native to Eurasia. Białowieża Forest is home to seven species of reptiles and eleven species of amphibians. Białowieża Forest is the last remaining primeval forest in Europe. A primeval forest is not affected by human intervention. 

  12. Białowieża Forest - Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest: The longicorn beetle has extremely long antennae. The longicorn beetle usually lives on dead...

    Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest: The longicorn beetle has extremely long antennae. The longicorn beetle usually lives on dead trees, trunks or branches of old trees, continuously present in the primal forest. The eggs are laid on deadwood or very old oaks. Białowieża Forest is home to an extremely rich variety of insects.

  13. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża Forest / Belovezhskaya Pushcha: Swampy pools are dammed by beavers. Beavers, the largest rodents native in Europe, were...

    Białowieża Forest / Belovezhskaya Pushcha: Swampy pools are dammed by beavers. Beavers, the largest rodents native in Europe, were reintroduced in Białowieża Forest in 1956. Beavers are able to change the landscape by building dams and create flooded areas. Białowieża Forest (Poland) / Belovezhskaya Pushcha (Belarus) is an UNESCO World Heritage. 

  14. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża National Park: European bison in the Białowieża Bison Refuge, the wisent is the symbol of Białowieża National Park. Białowieża is...

    Białowieża National Park: European bison in the Białowieża Bison Refuge, the wisent is the symbol of Białowieża National Park. Białowieża is home to the largest wisent herd in the world. In the Polish part of Białowieża, the herd is nowadays up to 450 wisent, the Belarusian part of Białowieża is home to 400 wisent. The wisent the largest land animal of Europe.

  15. Białowieża Forest - Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest: A female white-backed woodpecker. The male has a red crown. The white-backed woodpecker lives...

    Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest: A female white-backed woodpecker. The male has a red crown. The white-backed woodpecker lives mainly on berries, nuts and insects, such as the wood-boring beetles as well as their larvae. The Białowieża Forest provide a large number birds species with food, such as worms, larvae, insects and seeds.

  16. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża National Park: This gate once led to the hunting manor of the Tsar. The Tsar's hunting manor was destroyed during and...

    Białowieża National Park: This gate once led to the hunting manor of the Tsar. The Tsar's hunting manor was destroyed during and after WWII. The Russian Tsars owned all of Białowieża Primeval Forest between 1888 and 1917. Białowieża Forest was the imperial hunting ground. The last major hunt by the Tsar took place in 1912.

  17. Białowieża Forest - Białowieża National Park: The graves of WWII victims. These victims were murdered by the Nazi Gestapo. the graves can be seen in...

    Białowieża National Park: The graves of WWII victims. These victims were murdered by the Nazi Gestapo. the graves can be seen in the primeval forest of Białowieża. During WWII, Białowieża Forest became a refuge for both Polish and Soviet partisans. The Nazi Gestapo organized mass executions of people suspected of helping the partisans.

  18. Białowieża Forest - Clouds looming over the wetlands of Białowieża National Park. Białowieża National Park is one of the few places where the original landscape and...

    Clouds looming over the wetlands of Białowieża National Park. Białowieża National Park is one of the few places where the original landscape and wildlife of Europe can be seen. Białowieża National Park is the oldest national park in Poland. The park was founded in 1921. Białowieża Forest is a natural UNESCO World Heritage.

  19. Białowieża Forest - The Hunter's Lodge is the oldest surviving building in the Polish part of Białowieża Forest. The Białowieża Forest was the hunting area...

    The Hunter's Lodge is the oldest surviving building in the Polish part of Białowieża Forest. The Białowieża Forest was the hunting area of the Russian Tsars and Polish Kings. Białowieża is one of the least populated regions in Poland, it also one of the most important tourist attractions in the northeastern part of the country.