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Wildlife Surveying in Mayo

This Saturday a number of organisations will be participating in what should prove an interesting event in Mayo.

Birdwatch Ireland, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and others will be present from 10 am to 4 pm at the Pontoon Bridge Hotel, informing visitors of how they might be able to help them survey Irish wildlife. This is a free event and all are welcome to simply drop by and see if you can help any one of the organisations present in their work.

We in Mayo know we have fantastic outdoors spaces, from our giant bogs to seashore and lakes, cliffs and plantation forests. Getting out, walking or cycling and observing animals such as Red Squirrel, Grey Seal, Pine Marten and others is a great way to spend some time – even in deepest winter.

Organisations present at Pontoon Bridge Hotel this Saturday include :

Birdwatch Ireland


Bat Conservation Ireland

Irish Wildlife Trust

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Come along and see what might interest you.

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Bialowieza National Park, Poland

Bialowieza National Park is world-renowned, both for its population of European Bison and its famous Strictly Protected Area, where man’s intervention in its pristine nature is virtually nil. Bialowieza is the most celebrated remnant of the vast primeval forest that once covered most of central and eastern Europe. Home to elusive Lynx and Wolf, the Park also boasts Deer, Wild Boar, several species of Woodpecker and Owls and a host of other wonderful birds.

Bialowieza Bison

Bison in Bialowieza National Park, Poland

Bialowieza is situated some four hours’ drive east of Warsaw and the park that lies within Poland (152 km2) is part of a much larger forest that is shared with neighbouring Belarus. While the establishment of the park dates back to 1921, it was reopened after WW II in 1947.

Bialowieza National Park

Bialowieza National Park

The peacefulness of this place is extraordinary and lives long in the memory. On our pre-dawn walk to seek out the iconic Bison, the silence is broken only by cracking sticks underfoot, as we tread lightly along forest pathways in search of this impressive animal. The first time I laid eyes on them was one heck of a moment, one that I will remember forever. Quietly moving through the forest, our walk was disturbed by a family of Wild Boar running past. We then came upon an opening in the woods and there they were, some 7 Bison grazing in the morning mist. A magical experience.

Even back in the village of Bialowieza itself, we wander around taking in the quiet atmosphere and enjoying the lovely homes of these forest people. It’s a beautiful spot.

We are accompanied in Bialowieza by our friendly and superbly knowledgeable member of Poland’s National Parks Service. Indeed, on occasion, we’ve even been demonstrated the Polish method for regenerating their oak forests by a Forest Manager with the Polish Forestry Service.

Bialowieza trees

Beautiful Bialowieza National Park

Visiting Bialowieza makes for a wonderful trip for bird watchers and true lovers of the outdoors. It is a unique place, offering a glimpse of what our own great forests might once have looked like.

Bialowieza National Park

Our visit to Bialowieza National Park is combined with Biebrza National Park, some 160 km north. We spend seven days on a Poland Wildlife Tour in springtime, 4 – 5 in Biebrza and 2-3 in Bialowieza.

Visit the Park’s official website.

If you’d like to join our next birdwatching and wildlife spotting tour to Poland in May 2019, please call me on 086-8318748 or drop me a line to info[at]tourismpurewalking.com.

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