As I have already written on my website, the main season for visiting Poland for wildlife is late spring (May to June) and early autumn (September to October). This is mainly because since then all of migratory birds have already arrived and the weather is decent at this time of year. Although, I find winter and early spring time undervalued and not as popular for tourists. It is wrong because this time of year can be very rewarding!

Below I would like to explain what makes this cool half-year special for wildlife-watchers in NE Poland.

Winter

(December to February)

It is a special time of year when nature slows down and cleans itself. The best way to experience it is to stand in a middle of the snow-covered forest and listen to the omnipresent silence.

It is the best time to spot and track large carnivores. Lynxes and wolves are actively looking for food, if we follow them we can find remainings of their prey or even observe the animal itself.

If you want to focus on Bison then you couldn’t choose better. Winter is when the females and calves gather in big herds while the larger males tend to remain alone or in small groups. They also often show in the open area.

Only about 1/5 of polish birds are sedentary but amongst them we can still find interesting species, for example a few species of non-migratory woodpeckers or owls. It is also a time when birds from North come to spend winter in Poland.

Early spring

(March to mid-April)

My favourite time of year.

A time when everything begins to wake up and you can see this process even over the hours!

The forest may look homogenous then, but in my opinion that makes it perfect

A time with the biggest activity of forest birds species. Seeing 8 species of woodpeckers during one morning isn’t anything special then. Days are getting longer but as soon as the darkness falls it is worth to be in the forest- it’s a time for owls!

Thanks to snowmelt, Marshes are flooded again. That brings hundreds of thousands of Geese and sets nature clock to spring time.

Visiting Belarusian part of the Forest

(January to March)

This one-day extention is suggested mostly for two reasons. First one is Great Grey Owl which can’t be found on the Polish side. Second reason for coming there is to see pristine wilderness. Belarus now looks like Poland 30 years ago.

Almost all pictures were made by me during my trips in this amazing part of Europe. Only two photos (they have watermarks) were made by my guest, who was curious enough to come to Poland in early spring few years ago. He didn’t regret it and came again, later in the same year. Thank you, Luis!

If it is enough to encourage you to come to Poland, then don’t hesitate in contacting me. Possible tours for an early spring time are presented ⇒there