The Strict Reserve of Bialowieza National Park is the place where people go to experience natural place, accepting it as it is. Some scientist say that this is a “window into the past” which helps us to understands truly wild place that people haven’t put their hands on. Naturalness of this place was the main reason to give it the status of World Heritage Site UNESCO. This forest constantly persists for over 10 000 years. Although wild it is kind enough to reveal some of its secrets. Proud representatives of eight tree species hold the height record of Europe and some of them are even highest in the world. Our guide will help you to see the unrevealed secrets. Especially for you we will share our passion for this place. All year round we will take you on unforgettable birdwachtching and wildlife observations. We adjust our offer to the current season. In the spring you will see beautiful carpets of flowers, in autumn during deer’s rut you can hear the most extraordinary sound of nature and autumn is also the season when amazing mushrooms let us admire their beauty. All year round this is the best place to see woodpeckers (especially very rare white-backed and three-toed woodpecker). Standard tour takes about 3 hours. For specialist (foresters, biologist, ecologist) it is possible to get a permit from the national park authority for an extend tour. Then the tour takes between 6 to 8 hours.
Bialowieza Forest is one of the best places to watch forest bird species. Many species, which are rare in yours countries, are still numerous in Bialowieza. In this region you may see all European species of woodpeckers, flycatchers, hazel grouse, owls… On meadows surrounding Bialowieza village you may see warblers (blith, barred and more species of warblers) corncrake and many more. Just show us your bird species wish list and we will help you to unmark many of them keeping you happy and satisfied.
When the night is going to fall, and animals feel quite safe, they go to find something to eat. Fields are often covered by mist, and birds are singing like crazy… it is still quite cool, and it is easier to read “the book of night life of Bialowieza Forest” (by following the tracks of animals). On the tour we concentrate on finding the European bison, but you may also see the roe and red deer, wild boar, woodpeckers, pygmy owl and even wolf or lynx. So early in the morning, before you have your breakfast or late in the evening (option only in winter time), before you start your dinner go with us on this unforgettable tour.
To Arek Szymura one of the most favourite bird species is the Pygmy Owl. He learnt how to whistle like them, and you can have a chance to see Arek talking to Pygmy Owl on one of our tours. Arek has a great passion for nature. His son, Mateusz follows his steps. Pygmy Owl, as a boreal specie generally is not shy, and it is active during day. It is often observed when sitting on top of spruce trees. Even if our tour will concentrate on pygmy owl you will be able to see many other species such as Tengmans Owls (only in spring time), woodcock , woodpeckers, deer, wild boars and even wolf or lynx.
The Bialowieza Forest is inhabited by 3-4 wolf packs (each pack consists of 10-15 individuals and occupies 20-30 thousand hectares). There are also 3-5 (maybe 8) adult lynxes. The territory of a female lynx is about 10 thousand hectares, and that of a male up to 25 thousand hectares.
Their paths often cross with ours. Of course, you’ll need a bit more luck to meet them “eye to eye” (wolves usually cover more than 20 km a day). But our knowledge of the area can help. However, there is a lot of information to be gleaned from the signs of their presence in the area.
Observations of forest beavers bring a lot of emotion. The easiest way is to watch the beavers in February and March, when it often wander away from the safe for them rivers in search of tasty branches. But their observations are possible throughout the year. Not all families of Bialowieza beaver are doing lodges and dams. Some dig burrows. Since beavers live in families, in their observations, we can observe the different behavior. While within the territory of beavers can also meet the American mink, otters and even polecats. During these tours we also met bison, deer, wild boar, deer and even wolves.
Near Bialowieza Forest it is still possible to see very rare bird species: Great snipe (time of observations from the end of April until the middle of June) . For this tour use of cars is necessary – you need to make about 50 km (one way). Since the last couple of years chances to see the Great snipe on Biebrza Marshes are very low, so if you would like to see this particular specie feel free to contact us. On this trip willies (rubber boots) will be welcome 🙂
In winter it is much easier to observe the life of animals living in this unique place, mainly because we have a lot of snow. From the snow, thanks to our experience you will be able to read about forest life like from open book. Thanks to snow cover forest is full of different shapes which are not visible in other time of year. It is more quiet than in other time of year, so it is easier to focus on beautiful details. In winter time big predators, like wolf or lynx are more active during day time, you may also hear wolfs howling. And they potential prey deer and wild boar stay longer in the same place when they see human, mainly because they don’t want to lose energy. Along rivers we have higher chance to meet otters. And if you fancy other ways of travelling through the forest than walking we can take on a cross country skiing tour.