Hilbers, Dirk.

On the border of Poland and Belarus lies the famous Bialowieza forest, a last remnant of the primeval vegetation that once covered the larger part of central Europe. From the outside it looks like a dense and forbidding wall of trees, but once inside the forest manifests itself as a spacious cathedral. The Bialowieza actually is a collection of forests, ranging from open oak-linden-hornbeam stands to jungle-like carr woods and mysterious, boggy spruce forests. Massive wood giants rise up from a springy, moss-covered forest floor. The dense foliage and disorderly ruins of damp trunks support a dazzling diversity of plants and animals. Packs of wolves and herds of bison roam the forest. Cranes, pygmy owls, black storks and nearly all European woodpeckers are just some of the birds that first come to mind. Like a wilderness should, the Bialowieza presents itself as an unruly area that hides its treasures well. The hundreds of kilometers of quiet forest tracks are both alluring and overpowering. This guide helps you to explore them to the fullest.

This nature guide is part of a series of innovative new guides for nature enthusiasts. The Crossbill Guides combine interesting and insightful stories with up-to-date and practical tourist information. Detailed descriptions of hiking trails, canoe trips and car routes are conveniently linked to information on everything you want to know about the whats, wheres and whys of splendid nature.

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KNNV Publishers, Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.

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Weight 343 g