Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest (1979, 1992)
Poland

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Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, this immense forest range, consisting of evergreens and broad-leaved trees, is home to some remarkable animal life, including rare mammals such as the wolf, the lynx and the otter, as well as some 300 European Bison, a species which has been reintroduced into the park. This site is a transboundary property with Belarus 

Poland 1996. Se-tenant set of four stamps, featuring the Bison.

The Bialowieza Forest, the most unspoiled forest in Europe, runs along the eastern border of Poland. Once the hunting ground of Lithuanian princes, Polish kings and Russian Czars, this national park is now a world reserve under the protection of UNESCO. 

Poland 1999. Europa Stamp. Eurasian Woodpecker on the backtround of a Bison. UNESCO (France) 2005. Bison.

It is here that the primeval bison may still be seen roaming at liberty, and other species of animals and plants threatened with extinction are also protected. Wild horses (tarpans), reindeer, red deer, wild boar, wolves and reare species of bird are all to be found living in the wild in this park. 

In order that the animals are not disturbed and the natural surroundings are preserved in their present unspoiled condition, the park may only be visited on the company of a guide. 

  • Poland 1999. Europa Stamp. Eurasian Woodpecker on the background of a Bison. 

  • UNESCO (France) 2005. Bison. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Poland (on this website). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing (Poland-Section) for further information on such properties. 

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