Bialowieza Forest

Bialowieza Forest

Białowieża Forest (Belarusian: Белавежская пушча, Byelavyezhskaya Pushcha; Polish: Puszcza Białowieska  Polish pronunciation: [ˈpuʂt͡ʂa ˌbʲawɔˈvʲɛska] ; Russian: Беловежская пуща, Belovezhskaya Pushcha) is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. The forest is home to 800 European bison, Europe’s heaviest land animal. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and an EU Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation. It straddles the border between Poland (Podlaskie Voivodeship) and Belarus (Brest Voblast and Hrodna Voblast), and is located 70 km (43 mi) north of Brest, Belarus and 62 km (39 mi) southeast of Białystok, Poland. Since the border between the two countries runs through the forest, there is a border crossing available for hikers and cyclists.

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Białowieża Forest (Belarusian: Белавежская пушча, Byelavyezhskaya Pushcha; Polish: Puszcza Białowieska Polish pronunciation: [ˈpuʂt͡ʂa ˌbʲawɔˈvʲɛska] ; Russian: Беловежская пуща, Belovezhskaya Pushcha) is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.

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