Stuff of fairy tales: stepping into Europe’s last old-growth forest
by Jeremy Hance
On bison, wolves, and woodpeckers: the wonder of Europe’s only lowland virgin forest.
There is almost nothing left of Europe’s famed forests, those that provided for human communities for millennia and gave life to the world’s most famous fairytales. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t forests in Europe, far from it: approximately 35 percent of the EU is currently covered in forest. But almost all of this is either plantations or secondary growth, having been logged sometime in the last few hundred years and in many areas logged in the last couple decades.
This is why, according to author and guide, Lukasz Mazurek, the Bialowieza Forest is so special: “You really feel here like you travelled back in time some hundreds or thousands of years.”…
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photographs by Lukasz Mazurek