A week-long tour to Białowieża Forest and Biebrza Marshes in search of birds and mammals.
At the first part of the trip, in the Forest, we will focus on the birds of primeval woodlands. This includes looking for some sedentary species – woodpeckers (9 species – including Three-toed, White-backed, Grey-headed, Middle-spotted and Black), Pygmy Owl, Nutcracker and Hazel Grouse. By mid-May all migrants already arrive so we will also try to observe Warblers (River, Marsh, Barred, Savi’s, Grasshopper, Icterine), Flycatchers (Collared and Red-breasted) as well as species inhabiting forest glades – Woodcocks, Corncrakes and Thrush Nightingales.
Second part of the trip, on the Marshes, will consist of observing the species inhabiting open areas. It means that we will look for waders (Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Common Snipe), eagles (Lesser and Greater Spotted, White–tailed) but also marsh terns (White–winged and Whiskered) and grebes (Black–necked and Red–necked). Some colourful (Bee-eater, Rosefinch, Bluethroat, Citrine Wagtail) and extremely rare species (Aquatic Warbler, Great Snipe) will be also our targets here.
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, Red Deer, Elk as well as carnivores – large (Wolf and Lynx) and small ones (Martens and Red Fox). On Biebrza Marhes a dedicated boat trip for Beavers will be also organized.
My blogposts from May (1, 2) and June (1) could give you an idea of what wildlife is like at this time of year. Also have a look at the pictures below – they were taken by my guests during spring tours.
Indicative itinerary of the trip:
- picking up from Warsaw (WAW, WMI airports or Warsaw city centre) no later than 13:00
- journey to Białowieża (ca. 3 hours)
- evening exploration of Białowieża Forest
DAY 2 & 3
- two days of exploring Białowieża Primeval Forest in search of birds and mammals
- morning exploration of Białowieża Forest
- transfer to Biebrza Marhes (ca. 2 hours) with a few stops at Dojlidy and Knyszyn Fishponds
- evening exploration of Biebrza Marshes
DAY 5 & 6
- two days of exploring Biebrza Marshes in search of birds and mammals
- morning exploration of Biebrza Marshes
- journey to Warsaw (ca. 2-3 hours), where the tour ends (WAW, WMI airports or Warsaw city centre) no later than 16:00
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 Białowieża Forest (3 nights) and Biebrza Marshes (3 nights)
- meals (breakfasts and dinners as well as packed lunches)
- all necessary tickets
- 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 insurance for travelling in Poland
Price and number of participants
Price is 1100 EUR per person for the trip (when number of participants: 3 – 6) or 1450 EUR per person for the trip (when number of participants: 2). Single room supplement is 100 EUR.
To run the tour a minimal number of two participants is required. If you meet this condition then don’t hesitate in contacting me via form below!
Number of participants for this trip: 2-6.
Tour could be also adapted for a single person, as well as extended or shortened on demand.
Everything could be tailored due to your needs!
We have travelled to many
We have travelled to many places around the world birdwatching and have been with some excellent guides. Oliwier falls into this category as he made our trip to Poland a very enjoyable experience. We saw everything we wanted to thanks to his knowledge of the area, the birds and their calls. For anyone planning a birdwatching trip to Poland, you couldn’t do better than to use Oliwier.
Oliwier was our local guide
Oliwier was our local guide for a trip to the marshes and the Bialowieza forest. The weather was not great but Oli worked very hard to find all the species that my group wanted to see – with great success, patience and good humour.
I would not hesitate in recommending him – well done Oli!
Keith Buchanan, May 2019, England