Gallery Page 6 – Birch forest in East Poland
The birch forest you see here is typical of East Poland. When I first came to this country 19% of the country was forest, including the largest original forest in Europe, the Bialowieski Park, home to the European bison. Now, because of tax breaks for reafforestation, the figure quoted is around 22%, making Poland one of the most forested countries in Europe. This is part of another piece of ancient woodland, not so large as Bialowieski, but not far off it. It contains a huge selection of wild forest fruits, and we always go here to collect cowberries, bilberries, cranberries, and a variety of edible wild mushrooms (not something to be done by the uninitiated, by the way, as you can end up with the ultimate gourmet event!). I cannot give the exact location, as in Poland it is tradition to keep one’s forest finds secret.
Polish birch forest in the summer – Photo taken at near Topory, Siedlce region June 2004
The typical fauna of the forest in this place are deer and boars, and storks and cranes are plentiful. Last time we came here we saw three cranes walking nearby, a very rare sight on the forest floor, as they are very cautious of humans.
More scenes from the same part of East Poland and coming up, as well as many other themes …
DJJ 13th February 2005
- Train crash kills at least 16 in Szczekociny, Poland – Telegraph.co.uk (telegraph.co.uk)
- Wild and woolly, the bison thriving in the New Forest after being re-introduced to Britain (dailymail.co.uk)
- Poland train crash: 16 killed after trains collide (telegraph.co.uk)
- Poland train crash: 15 killed after trains collide (telegraph.co.uk)