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Birdwatching Tour in Poland

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 7 people
Destination(s): Poland  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   National Parks  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1260 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1260 Euro (EUR)

This birdwatching trip will take you to one of the best birding destinations: Biebrza River Valley and Bialowieza Forest. The Biebrza Marshes are located on the Biebrza river valley, in the northeast of Poland. It is one of Europe’s last natural lowland river valleys covering an area of over 1000 km2 of wetlands, peat bogs and bog forests - home for hundreds of rare species of birds, insects and plants. There are also various communities of mammals, the most typical being Elk, Beaver, Otter and Wolf. Biebrza Marshes are the most important breeding area for many wetland bird species in Poland and amongst the most important in Central and Western Europe. The Park has been recognized by BirdLife International as a wetland site of worldwide significance and is under the protection of the Ramsar Convention. In 2004 the Biebrza Valley was also added to the Natura 2000 network. Bialowieza Forest, situated on the border between Poland and Belarus, is an immense range of primary forest including both conifers and broadleaved trees covering a total area of 141,885 hectares. Saved from logging, this forest became home for several rare species of birds, hundreds of insects and thousands of mushrooms. The large and integral forest area supports complete food webs including viable populations of large mammals and large carnivores (wolf, lynx and otter) amongst other. The richness in dead wood, standing and on the ground, leads to a consequent high diversity of fungi. Białowieża Forest is also a natural habitat for the populations of large mammals and large carnivores (wolf, lynx and otter). Moreover, it is home to Europe’s heaviest land animal - European bison. The Bialowieza forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an EU Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation. Thanks to their great bird species diversification, both regions are perfect sites for birdwatching. Moreover, at this time of the year, the birds are in full singing period and the meadows are covered with flower mats.

Itinerary:
Day 1.
Arrival to Warsaw. Transfer to the region of Biebrza River Valley (224 km, about 3-4 hours) where our birding adventure will start. Once we arrive, we will have a welcome dinner. We will meet our guide who will present the program for the next days.

Day 2.

After the breakfast, we are ready for the departure into the wild. Today, we will explore the southern basin (between Osowiec and the Biebrza mouth) which is regularly flooded in spring. Along the river, there are extensive wet meadows and many oxbow lakes covered with reeds Phragmites. We will see birds during their spring migration: Greater White-fronted Goose, Taiga Bean Goose, Greylag Goose, Barnacle Goose, Northern Pintail, Red Shoveler, Garganey and various charadriiformes such as Common Greenshank, Spotted redshank etc. Maybe we will also have the chance to see the spectacular lekking behavior of the Ruf – from April 20 until May 10, the males compete for females. At the beginning of May, the male has also distinctive head tufts and a neck ruff. However, these ornamental feathers are visible for relatively short time. We will also stop in Brzostowo – small village known for the unique spectacle of a cow-herd crossing the Biebrza River.
We will also climb to an observation tower admiring a beautiful panorama and looking for elks which are attracted in this period by meadows covered in marsh-marigold. Then, we will come back to Kapice (accommodation place) where we will have free time.

Day 3.
We will continue our birding in the area of Osowiec – Goniadz. We will try to see: Aquatic Warbler, Black-tailed Godwit, Great Snipe, Common Snipe, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Citrine Wagtail, Bluethroat… In the afternoon, we will take part in a boat cruise on Narew River to see beavers.

Day 4.

We will start our next birding early in the morning. We will explore the Red Marsh Nature Reserve, situated in the middle basin of Biebrza. The Red Marsh is away from the overflow land, wetlands, and riparian morass of the river and it creates bogs overgrown with dwarf trees, which provide an excellent refuge for animals. It is easy to spot elks from there as well as tracks of wolves. In addition, these sites are ideal bedding and nesting sites for birds. We will try to spot: Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-eared Owl, Eurasian Eagle-owl, Common Crane, Black Grouse and numerous other birds, above all aquatic… Then, we will come back to Kapice (accommodation place) where we will rest. In the afternoon, we will walk along the Kapicki Canal, where it is possible to see dam and beaver lodge. We will walk through a beautiful birch forest where we will be looking for the woodpeckers. We will then climb to the observation tower with a beautiful view on the meadows and we will continue our birding (Common Crane, Black Grouse).

Day 5.

After the breakfast, we leave Biebrza River Valley and we drive to Bialowieza (transfer of 160 km, 2h30 minutes). We will visit the European bison Show Reserve where animals are exhibited in semi-natural conditions, in large enclosures with natural vegetation. Besides the European bison, we can see there elk, deer, roe deer, wild bore, wolves as well as Polish “konik” (tarpan like). Then, we will check in to our hotel and we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the Nature and Forest Museum located in the park. The museum is housed in a modern building and shows in an innovative and attractive manner natural collections, ranging from zoology, through botany ending with historic use of the forest. There is a special focus on processes characteristic for the Białowieza National Park. You can also see out of the building a beautiful panorama on the region. In the evening, we will have a dinner and a meeting with the guide.

Day 6.

We will get up very early and around 5 a.m, we will start exploring the strict Reserve of Bialowieza National Park. We will spent around 5-6 hours with a guide, admiring Europe’s tallest trees. It will be an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and we will try to spot various passerine birds such as the flycatcher (four species can be found - Spotted Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, White- flycatcher and European Pied Flycatcher), Hawfinch, Red Crossbill as well as woodpeckers (all the European woodpeckers are present: White-backed Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, European Green Woodpecker). Then, it’s time for the meal and rest in our hotel. It the evening, we will continue our birding. Target species will include: Eurasian Pygmy Owl, Boreal Owl, Tawny Owl, Long-eared owl.

Day 7.

We will get up very early as we will try to spot the European bison feeding grass in open fields. We will have at our disposal a minibus to be able to move freely and check the places where those animals are usually seen. Till the end of April, it’s quite easy to see the bison as they leave in herd. As of May, they leave the herd and then, it’s much more difficult to spot them. Then, after the lunch and free time in our guest house, we will head for our last birding. Depending on the group preferences, we can either concentrate on the raptors or we can try to spot again various woodpeckers. We can also look for Corn Crake, Hazel Grouse, Eurasian Woodcock. It the evening, it’s time for goodbye dinner.

Day 8.
Today, our trip comes to an end. After the breakfast, we leave Bialowieza region and drive to Warsaw (240 km, around 4 hours).

Skills level:
We recommend participants should have a good level of fitness, to be able to walk according to the program (around 3-5 hours per day). You also need to be able to cope with the lack of sleep for the wildlife watching days.

Capacity: Groups of minimum 6 and maximum 7 participants.

Board and Accommodation:

Accomodation in Biebrza Valley will take place in the small village of Kapice. We will be hosted by passionate naturalist guides who have created private wolf’s museum. A small house wonderfully situated will be at our disposal. On the ground floor, apart from the living room with two large tables, there is a two-bedded room with a bathroom and two single rooms with a shared bathroom in the corridor. On the first floor there are two two-bedded rooms with a shared bathroom in the corridor. It is a basic, but friendly comfort. The breakfast will be prepared by our hosts or might also be in form of a picnic or in the restaurant if we get up very early for birdwatching. Lunch, depending on the track, is in form of a picnic or in a restaurant. The dinner will be served by our hosts or will take place in the restaurant. Accomodation in Bialowieza is planned in the guest house Dwor Wejmutka (or similar). Double rooms with bathrooms will be at our disposal. The breakfast and the dinner are served in the hotel. The breakfast might also be in form of a picnic if we get up very early for the observations. Lunch, depending on the track, is in form of a picnic or in a restaurant. Alcohol drinks in general and drinks between meals are not included in the trip price.

Supplemental Tour Information:
What we suggest to take for the trip:

- light clothes to be covered by warm clothes (please remember about camouflaged colors)
- good quality rainproof clothes, including a rainproof blouson or a waterproof coat and pants
- hat and gloves
- One pair of comfortable walking boots/shoes and rubber boots (in the region of Biebrza, it is possible to borrow for free rubber boots as well as waterproof thigh high waders.
- thermos
- picknick backpack
- Camera, binoculars, telescope, flashlight (in the region of Biebrza, it is possible to borrow for free binoculars and telescope).
- Anti-mosquito lotion (in the region of Biebrza, mosquitoes are present as of April 25)
- personal first-aid kit (example content: medicines that you take on daily basis subject to the particular health problems, medicines necessary to clean and secure small injures or grazes, sun protection for your skin and mouth, something in case of stomach problems that may be caused by a change of eating habits or headaches, something that relieves from muscle pains, something against insects' bites and post fact medicines).

Times and places:
Arrival to Warsaw is required by 4 p.m on the first day. Please do not plan departure flights from Warsaw before 2 p.m on departure day.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Full-board accommodation (first meal: dinner on arrival day, last meal: breakfast on departure day)
- Activities according to the program
- Care of experienced English speaking guides (naturalist guide in the region of Biebrza, naturalist guides and ornithologists in the region of Bialowieza)
- Participants transportation during the trip (according to the program)
- Entrance to the visited places (museum, parks etc.) according to the program.

Price Excludes:
- Flight to Warsaw and back
- Additional activities not listed in the program
- Drinks between meals and alcoholic beverages
- Obligatory insurance: liability insurance, accident and death insurance
- Optional insurance (ex. cancellation insurance)
- Personal expenses.

25% deposit if the reservation is made earlier than 21 days prior to the trip start or the full payment if the reservation is made on the 21st day or later prior to the trip start.

About This Supplier
Location: Poland
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We are a travel agency specialized in in the organization of active holidays in Poland. The agency is owned by Maria Galewicz-Szewczyk and Michal Szewczyk. We have been passionate about horses and horse rides in the wild for several years. More than ten years ago, we have decided to share our passion with others and...

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