Poland spring


Biebrza and Bialowieza National Parks in Spring

Poland, 9 days

Our Poland spring tour takes you to the most famous national parks of the country, Białowieża and Biebrza National Park.
Białowieża National Park is Europe’s biggest, last, undisturbed, primeval lowland forest. Its 10,500 hectares is home to European Bison, Wolf, Lynx and Wild Cat. Many rare bird species nest in the park including Black Stork, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Hazel Grouse, Pygmy Owl, White-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker, River Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Common Rosefinch, Nutcracker, Golden Oriole and Hawfinch. Nearby Siemianówka Reservoir has breeding Citrine Wagtail and is a magnet for migrating water birds.
Biebrza National Park is the largest national park in Poland. Created in 1993, it covers nearly 60,000 hectares of vast marshes, wet meadows and woods. The River Biebrza floods most of the area between March and May, creating a shallow lake that holds a huge number of water birds. 275 bird species have been recorded in the park the most notable being Aquatic Warbler, Greater Spotted Eagle and Great Snipe. Elk and Wolf also inhabit the park and we have good chances for Elk in the spring.




4 nights in a hotel in Goniadz village at Biebrza National Park
4 nights in a hotel in Białowieża village at Białowieża National Park

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Our English speaking guide meets us at Warsaw Airport and we proceed to Biebrza National Park. We bird along the banks of the Biebrza River expecting Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagle, Ortolan Bunting, Thrush Nightingale and Common Rosefinch. We make our way to the lekking grounds of Great Snipe late afternoon, and visit the southern basin of the Biebrza NP to look for for Aquatic Warbler and Corncrake. Black Grouse are displaying early morning, so we need an extra early start if we want to see them. We explore Red Marsh Reserve where ancient oak forests, marshlands and sand dunes are home to woodpeckers, Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagle. The middle basin of Biebrza National Park has flooded meadows and pastures hosting water birds and raptors, and the adjacent reed beds hold Bearded Tit and Bittern.


We transfer to Białowieża National Park birding en route to search for Red-necked and Black-necked Grebe, Penduline Tit as well as various species of terns and gulls. We explore the ancient forest of Białowieża National Park to search for European Bison, White-backed, Three-toed, Middle Spotted and Grey-headed Woodpecker, Hazel Grouse and Pygmy Owl. Song birds are wll represented with River Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Common Rosefinch, Golden Oriole and Hawfinch. The Siemianówka reservoir is the last stop on our itinerary, in the northern part of the forest, where ducks, waders, White-tailed Eagle, Black Stork, Whiskered and White-winged Tern and Citrine Wagtail may be observed.


We travel back to Warsaw Airport to take our return flight to London.

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