BIAŁOWIEZ˙A FOREST POLAND
The concept of rewilding has been popularised by writers such as George Monbiot, with his book Feral. In Britain, we can get little sense of what a rewilded landscape looks like, but you don’t have to travel far to find one. Białowiez˙a Forest, straddling the Poland–Belarus border, is a good example. With more than 140,000ha of protected old-growth habitat and 160,000ha of buffer zone, this is a primeval landscape the size of an English county. Among its 40–50m-tall pines, spruces and oaks roam two species symbolic of a wild European landscape: bison and wolves.
And it’s bison, also called wisent, that make the area unique. Counting both Polish and Belarussian parts of the forest, it is home to an estimated 900 animals – one-third of the world’s wild population. Winter, when bison are given supplementary feed, promises the most reliable sightings.
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European bison were reintroduced into Białowiez˙a Forest in 1929.