Late spring tour

A week-long tour to Białowieża Forest and Biebrza Marshes in search of birds and mammals.

The tour consists of visiting two different areas. In Białowieża Forest the tour will focus on the birds of primeval forest. We will look for woodpeckers & Pygmy Owl, as well as for some warblers (incl. Barred, River & Icterine) and Flycatchers (Collared, Red-breasted). On one evening we will also visit Great Snipes lek to see them displaying. A visit to Siemianówka Reservoir is also planned, we expect to see Penduline Tit, Citrine Wagtail & Greater-spotted Eagle there. On forest glades we will search for elusive Corn Crake & Thrush Nightingale.

For a second part of the tour we will switch habitats. On Biebrza Marshes we will look for marsh terns, warblers (incl. Aquatic, Savi’s) but also passerines like Rosefinch, Bluethroat, Bee-eater, Tawny Pipit & Ortolan Bunting. Also grebes (Red-necked & Black-necked) and Crakes (Little & Corn) are expected to be our targets there.

By late May all breeding birds should already arrive so a total of ca. 150 bird species can be observed on such a tour.

During the trip we will also search for mammals like European Bison & Elk. On Biebrza Marshes a dedicated boat trip for Beavers will be also organized. We will also have our eyes wide open as Wolves might cross our road…

Bird targets: woodpeckers (Three-toed, White-backed, Grey-headed, Black, Middle-spotted, Lesser-spotted, Syrian, Wryneck), Pygmy Owl, Nutcracker, Hazel Grouse, warblers (Savi’s, River, Grasshopper, Barred, Aquatic, Marsh, Icterine, Great Reed, Wood), terns (White-winged, Black, Whiskered), Lesser & Greater Spotted Eagle, Little Crake, Corn Crake, Great Snipe, Bee-eater, Tawny Pipit, Citrine Wagtail, Rosefinch, Thrush Nightingale, Bluethroat, Collared & Red-breasted Flycatcher, Penduline Tit, Red-backed Shrike, Ortolan Bunting.

Mammal targets: European Bison, Elk, Beaver, Wolf.


 DAY 1 (23rd May)

  • picking up from Warsaw (Warsaw Chopin airport or Warsaw city centre) no later than 11 a.m.
  • journey to Białowieża (ca. 3,5 hours)
  • evening exploration of Białowieża Forest

DAY 2-4 (24th-26th May)

  • three days of exploring Białowieża Forest

DAY 5 (27th May)

  • morning exploration of Białowieża Forest
  • transfer to Biebrza Marhes (ca. 2 hours) with a stop at Dojlidy or/and Knyszyn Fishponds
  • evening exploration of Biebrza Marshes

DAY 6 (28th May)

  • full day of exploring Biebrza Marshes

DAY 7 (29th May)

  • exploration of Biebrza Marshes
  •  journey to Warsaw (ca. 2,5 hours), where the tour ends (Warsaw Chopin airport or Warsaw city centre) around 2 p.m.

What is included in the trip?

  • picking up from and returning to Warsaw
  • everyday transport by car
  • expert guidance by me
  • accomodation in clean, twin rooms with private facilities in owner-run guesthouses in Białowieża Forest (4 nights) and Biebrza Marshes (2 nights)
  • meals (breakfasts and dinners as well as packed lunches – first meal lunch on 1st Day, last meal lunch on 7th Day)
  • all entry fees
  • evening boat trip on Biebrza Marshes
  • a visit to the Strict Reserve of Białowieża National Park (UNESCO site) with local, licensed guide

What is not included in the trip?

  • travel costs to/from Poland
  • items of a personal nature
  • personal health insurance covering tour duration (mandatory)


They say that wildlife watching

They say that wildlife watching is all about having good luck. I disagree. Having proper prior planning is also key. And with Oliwier you get plenty of this. Awesome guide that does a whole load of prior preparation and planning to get you in the right place at the right time. On my tour we saw and photographed all of our targets and more. If you want to head to Poland then speak to Oliwier, he is the right man for this job. Amazing!

Nick Robinson
2nd to 5th June 2023
United Kingdom

If your birding destination is

If your birding destination is NE Poland and you need to get your target birds then contact Oliwier. He certainly knows where to find them! I was amazed at his knowledge of the area and it took him no time at all to find the species I needed. He was even able to produce a couple of wolves on one evening excursion.
Good company, good accomodation, good food and of course excellent birding are all part of the experience. Fully recommended.

Martin Lumb
May 2023
United Kingdom

Oliwier is a superb guide-

Oliwier is a superb guide- friendly, organised and most importantly has amazing fieldcraft and birding skills and knowledge. In 5 days we amassed almost 160 species including all the targets, despite it being beyond the peak time for certain species e.g. woodpeckers. Some many memorable experiences including Great Snipes at dusk, Black Woodpecker at a

Anand Ramesh
June 2023
United Kingdon

Price and number of participants

Price is 1380 EUR per person for the trip. Single room supplement is 110 EUR.

Number of participants for this trip: 3-6.


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