The best place in the world for white-tailed eagles is NORWAY
Brown bears are so closely associated with the great wildernesses of North America such as British Columbia or Kamchatka in the Russian Far East that it’s sometimes easy to forget they’re also found in Europe and were native to Britain until about 1,500 years ago.
There are small, isolated populations in countries such as France, Italy and Spain, and larger ones across the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan states, but perhaps the standout region for brown bears in Europe is Scandinavia. In both Finland and Sweden, the principle is that instead of looking for the bears, they come to you. Their natural habitat there is the region’s vast conifer forests, but build a basic wooden hide and put out some bait, and all you have to do is wait.
The bear season runs from April until November and some companies recommend 3–5 day visits to give you the best chance of seeing them.
PREY ITEMS Hunt deer and moose and feed on carcasses, but 70 per cent of diet is fruit, plants and insects.