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The Bialowieza Forest is unique. Outside the forest people mainly live on agriculture, while some locals discovered eco-tourism.
The area seems far from the industrial regions. Friendly and calm locals live their lives.
Tradition and low pace are keywords.

I would like to show you some aspects of the culture and of agricultural use of farmland. Big areas nowadays are no longer in use by farmers. This is certainly true for Bialowieza clearing ('Polana Bialowieska' in Polish), a big farming area in the forest. Because of that native flora and birds have great opportunities to return.
Sundowns
are a traditional subject for photography.


The forest is in danger !
Bialowieza Forest Campain (Poland) -  Belovezhskaya Pushcha 21st C (Belarus)
Sustainable Forest Degeneration (december 2004) - article in English - letter - article in Dutch

Culture

View from the past in 2003, conserved for tourism: old style "skansen" with roof from reeds in Budy.



Holes in the stem of century old Pines is the natural place of living for bees. Honey from Bialowieza is well known, though less and less produced this way.

These houses, made from timber and with roofs from reed can only be seen in the open-air museum in Bialowieza


Traditional entrance of a wooden house and garden in Bialowieza.

In the village such houses, made from wood from the Bialowieza forest, gradually disappear...

So do these agricultural strips of only six or eight meters width...

Fiat 126's. This traditional small
Polish-made car is still popular in some parts of Poland


Lada, a slightly bigger car which is also very easy to repair yourself


Valley of the Narewka stream on the edge of Bialowieza forest


Agriculture
The farmland on the left is (still) in use, while the land on the right has not been used for a few years

Mixture of spontanuous plants on a former agricultural land


Local Hawfinch



As the farmer uses no pesticides this field is coloured by native weeds

If corn is not grown anymore, other plants take their chance

A former hayfield, where some Broad leaved marsh orchids try to survive

The future of our heritage ?
At the right the construction of a new and modern, "comfortable" home has started- there is no future for traditional wooden houses in Bialowieza

The ancient oak from late Medieval times still standing - on the right a fragment of the first hotel of Bialowieza - rebuilt in the 21st century

Waste dumped beside a hiking trail of Europes oldest lowland forest - a common view which is widespread through the forest

The forest being sold to mass tourism - we can only hope it will help her - but today - cars from urban Poland are in ever growing numbers

After a long and inspiring trekking our simple minds encounter the "merits" of free market commerce in Puszcza Bialowieska
Four stars - is such a fantastic forest really only attractive if there is Disney-resort comfort?
How it comes that Bialowieza loses its charm?
Sundown near Bialowieza
Sundown on Lutownia stream


Shortly after sundown on Pogorzelce clearing - Bialowieza forest at the horizon

Sundown on Bialowieza clearing


   
Sundown in Bialowieza Palace Park

    The same place on another evening

   
A game played by sun and clouds on Bialowieza clearing

The same place another day


   
(c) Frank Verhart - Last update: 24 March 2007

Intro
Bialowieza forest  other places
springtime
  ecotourism
Green
Lungs
Biebrza
Narew
NEW! Karkonosze
Tatra
Winter in Podlaskie
Beskid Zywiecki
Flora
"Geluid uit
het oerbos"