Belarus... more and more British birders are becoming exited about this perhaps less visited but extraordinary interesting birding destination of Europe.
In 2014 we have succesfully organized a birding tou there and we offer you a discovery of this country in 2015 again on a 10 days excursion for a very competitive price!
Belarus has all the habitats and species that attract those interested in east- and north European fauna, in great quality and quantity. Riverine meadows of Pripyat are home to thousands of waders, terns, grebes and ducks, including the rare Great Snipe, Terek and Marsh Sandpiper, Little Gulls, Black, Whiskered and White-winged Terns, Smew, Osprey, Greater Spotted, Lesser spotted, Short-toed and White-tailed Eagle. Among passerines, cream of the crop are Thrush Nightingale, Rosefinch, River and Aquatic Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, and – perhaps the most iconic Belorussian bird – Azure Tit.
Alder forests and mires surrounding Vygonovske Lake are home to many pairs of Great Grey Owl. Tengmalm and Pygmy Owl can be found even in easy accessible forests of Minsk province. Capercaillie, Black Grouse and Hazelhen are common in mixed mature forests. All European woodpeckers are observed here, including Grey, Three-toes and White-backed as well as Collared and Red-breasted Flycatchers.
Political isolation of Belarus causes, that the country is rarely visited by foreigners. And when you arrive there, you will be surprised with how modern the county is. Good roads and hotels of acceptable standards make eco-tourism easy. Therefore we do not stay only on southern regions – like during the few tours offered by other organizers. Our itinerary covers also central and northern Belarus with the famous Berezinsky National Park, scenic Naroch Lake and and extensive Yelnia mire, home to e.g. Ural Owl and Golden Plover. European Elk, Brown Bear and Wolves and European Beavers live here as well.
Friday, May 8th: Meeting in Warsaw at 12 a.m. (If you are unable to find an early flight, come a day earlier and we will book a night in Warsaw for you). Transfer for the first night in a hotel near Polish-Belorussian border.
May 9th – 13th: Visiting of the famous birding localities of southern Belarus: Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Sporovo Reserve, Vygonovske Lake, Turov floodplains and Pripyat National Park.
May 14th – 15th: Birding in central and northern part of the country: Beloe Fishponds, Forests of Minsk and Grodno province.
May 16th: Birding at Neman river, crossing border back to Poland and some stops to complete the bird list eg. on Dojlidy fishponds. In the evening we arrive to Warsaw, where we spend the last night.
May 17th: Individual departure from Warsaw.
Book early, becasue of the visa formalities!
Tour date in 2015:
BYN-1 8.05. - 17.05.
Price: £ 890 in shared twin, £ 990 in single room.
Our price includes:
- 9 nights accommodation and in hotels and pensions (two or three star standard, rooms always with private facilities)
- full board catering - breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
- Transportation from/to Warsaw,
- Professional guiding and all entrance fees.
- Belorussian visa support
Not included are: flight to Warsaw, lunches and drinks, visa fees at Belarus embassy
Extra night in Warsaw before or after the trip: £ 60 for twin bedded room, £ 46 for single room Bed & Breakfast.