Region covered by this guide
This guidebook covers – roughly – the province of Podlasia in northeastern Poland, where the two most famous National Parks of the country are situated: Biebrza and Bialowieza. The guide also covers the smaller National Parks of Wigry in the north and Narew in the centre, plus the large forest of Puszcza Augustowska and Suwalki Lanscape Park.
The Crossbill Guide is a thorough and practical guide for naturalists and nature lovers. It offers background information and detailed routes and site descriptions, plus tips on finding and watching all kinds of wildlife. Each route offers detailed descriptions of where and how to find wildlife and wildflowers and shows you the characteristics of the landscape and geology. The book offers a mix of walking routes and car itineraries with stops and short walks.
About North-east Poland
In North-east Poland lies the most intact primeval lowland temperate forest of Europe: Bialowieza. Moreover, it is just a short distance from the most unspoilt large river of the continent: the Biebrza. A multitude of other reserves hold splendid woodlands, fen mires, lakes and bogs within a beautiful small-scale rural landscape. All this makes north-east Poland the most untouched section of temperate Europe. The landscape, the very rich birdlife, the Elks, Bison, Wolves and other mammals, and the many untouched habitats which form a benchmark for nature conservation throughout the continent, are all reasons to visit this superb part of Europe.
About the authors
Dirk Hilbers (NL, 1976), set up the Crossbill Guides Foundation and travels Europe to research the guidebooks. This is the 14th guide on which he has worked. Its twin predecessor however, the Biebrza and Bialowieza guides, were the first in the Crossbill Guides series. In fact, it was during a trip to Bialowieza that the idea of the Crossbill series was born.
As a biologist, when not in the field, Dirk Hilbers is a free-lance writer and lecturer in the field of environmental ethics.
Bouke ten Cate (NL, 1985) practically grew up in the field and is out and about in nature whenever he can. Bouke is an all-round naturalist with a special interest in birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. But above all he is a keen nature photographer. North-east Poland his first Crossbill Guide.