Monday, 30 May 2016

In the depths of the forest are bison and wolves...

Białowieża Forest is the place to meet the wild! We're talking about Białowieża forest which as I mentioned in previous blogs (here and here) is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain, and the Polish government wants to log vast swathes of it!

I bring you some great images of what lives in the depths of the forest there thanks to WildPoland who have friendly guides to help you see some of that magic. So if you can, go experience the magic for yourself: you can visit the forest as a tourist to go on wild bison and wolf safari.

With kind permission of Lukasz Mazurek /

A superb article in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology titled Research sheds light on delicate forest biodiversity details how recent research has shown that predator-prey interactions are both seasonal and highly complex. And it is the vastness of this untouched forest that allows for such a dynamic. Local changes do occur, meaning large change can occur on a very small scale however, as a biome, this great forest has an ever subtly-changing biotic distribution. This is how the entire forest can support great biodiversity and this diversity includes the large mammalian predators that come from over the horizon of our imagination: bears, lynx, elk and of course, wolves.

Białowieża Forest
 With kind permission of Dr. Nuria Selva