Poland's Mammals: In Search of the Eurasian Lynx!
Tour Code: POL05
An exciting 8-day holiday focusing on some of Europe's rarest mammals including Wolf, European Bison, Brown Bear and, our ultimate target, the elusive Eurasian Lynx!
This new tour will be split between two centres, with three nights in the heart of Bieszczady National Park and four nights in prime mammal habitat just outside. We will explore the region on foot, spend time scanning from suitable vantage points and spotlight from our vehicle after dark. We will look for the park’s iconic mammals, including Bison, Wolf and the elusive Eurasian Lynx. Although mammals are the primary focus of our visit, there are some special birds here too such as Hazel Grouse, Nutcracker and an array of owls and woodpeckers. In order to maximise our chance of good sightings, our tour is timed to give us the best chance of seeing the park’s elusive mammals, we have access to the best areas and superb local guides.
- Search for some of Europe’s most iconic species
- Look for Wolf, European Bison, Brown Bear & Beavers
- Eurasian Lynx is seen with regularly in Bieszczady National Park
- Tengmalm’s, Ural & Pygmy Owls are all possible
- White-backed, Black & Grey-headed Woodpeckers among the avian highlights
- Special permits will allow us access to the best areas
- Max. group size of 7
- Led by expert naturalist guides
The little-known Bieszczady National Park is a wild and remote wilderness home to a
mouthwatering array of exciting wildlife. Located in the extreme south-eastern corner of Poland, the park lies within the UNESCO East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve which covers over 2,000 square kilometres. Sparsely populated and clothed in a patchwork of mixed woodlands, rolling hills and colourful meadows, this little-visited region of Eastern Europe still offers sanctuary to some of the continent’s rarest wildlife and has become one of Europe’s last refuges for a near complete natural assemblage of large predatory mammals.
This new tour will be split between two centres, with three nights in the heart of the national park and four nights in prime mammal habitat just outside. We will explore the region on foot, spend time scanning from suitable vantage points and spotlight from our vehicle after dark. Wolf will be high on our wish list and sightings of this iconic species are on the increase. European Bison will be another focus, and we will spend time scanning the hills for Brown Bear and go in search of Beavers at dusk. One species, however, is sure to be at the forefront of our minds, the rarely encountered Eurasian Lynx. This notoriously elusive feline, the ‘phantom of the forest’, can be seen here with some regularity though, of course, we will still need plenty of luck, patience and determination to strike lucky!
Although mammals are the primary focus of our visit, there are some special birds here too. Tengmalm’s, Ural and Pygmy Owls are all possible along with Hazel Grouse, Nutcracker and a variety of woodpeckers such as White-backed, Black and Grey-headed. Whilst there can be no guarantees in the world of wildlife-watching, this new tour to Eastern Poland provides a unique opportunity to search for some of Europe’s most iconic species. Every effort has been made to maximise our chances of success. Not only have we joined forces with the very best local guides (who have spent many hours in the field in preparation), we have arranged special permits to allow access to the best areas and timed the tour for the early spring when these elusive creatures are at their most active. A small group is also important on such a tour and so spaces on each departure will be limited to just seven people
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Sun 9th April 2017 - Sun 16th April 2017
Flights: Flights are included in the tour cost
Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for details
Land only cost: £1575
Room sharing options: Female sharing is available