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Wildlife calendar

Basic info that may help you choose the right time

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.

Albert Einstein

Winter

Weather

We get snow every year, it can already snow in December but this snow is likely to melt down quickly as the temperatures are often above zero. Usually January and February are much more reliable regarding snow and low temperatures and this is why our winter tours are always planned in these months.

How cold does it get? We always get a few days of -15°C or more, sometimes even down to -30°C but you shouldn’t fear these temperatures. There is hardly any humidity left in this cold air and with high continental pressure it feels much nicer than wet and windy 0°C. In fact, most of our customers usually report being too hot rather than cold!

Things to see

January and February are the best months for watching large mammals like European Bison, Elk (Moose), Beaver, Otter and we see them all on our tours. Wolves have their mating season and are therefore very active. These are the best months to go tracking them in the snow.

There are not many birds around but we usually see White-tailed Eagles, Rough-legged Buzzards, Whooper Swans, Great Grey Shrikes, Bullfinches, Waxwings and a few more.

The days are short (7:00 – 16:00) and it’s a great time to catch up with book reading at a fireplace and a glass of mulled wine or a Polish specialty – mulled beer.

Spring

Weather

In March the weather can be unpredictable. It can be cold and snowy or warm and sunny. This is why we usually offer just a few departures in March.

In April the temperatures average around 10°C in the day but mornings can still be frosty. Snow can occasionally still fall down and stay until end of April.

May is usually nice, warm and sunny with temperatures up to 20°C.

Things to see

End of March and April are still a fantastic time for many large mammals. Also, these are by far the best months for watching Woodpeckers, Hazel Grouse and some of the Owls in the forests. Did you know you can see 8 species of woodpeckers and small owls like Pygmy or Tengmalm’s here?

Moreover, April is great to watch all the nature wake up with masses of ground flowers in bloom, amphibians waking up and birds singing their heads off. May is the best time for birdwatching. Most of the migrants are already here by mid May and the days, although long (4:00 – 21:00) always seem too short to see them all.

Summer

Weather

June, July and August are the hottest months.  With temperatures above 20°C or even 30°C at midday, wildlife watching makes sense only in the mornings and evenings.

These are also the wettest months but all that rain usually comes in a few large storms and is actually quite refreshing.

Things to see

June is still a good month to watch birds. For certain summer is the best time for Wildflowers, Dragonflies, Butterflies and Reptiles. Anyway, middays are often too hot for anything else. Evenings are a good time for many mammals to come out feeding if you know the right spot.
We have timed ourPrimeval Forest & Marshes › and Grand Tour › for the best things eastern Poland has to offer at a given time.

Autumn

Weather

In late September with the first early morning frost and temperature dropping down to 0°C the foliage starts turning red and yellow. The days are still warm, though with temperatures above 10°C.

October is the best month for beautiful autumn colours and atmospheric mists. It can still be fairly warm. November, on the other hand, can be quite dull, rainy and cold.

Things to see

September is again a good time for birdwatching. You won’t see flycatchers or warblers which are spring birds but Finches, Woodpeckers, Owls, Waders, Waterfowl and Birds of Prey can be seen in good numbers. By the end of October most migratory birds are gone and there are only a few resident species left.

September and early October is the Deer and Elk rutting season. Other mammals like Bison, Boar and Beavers can also be seen in the evenings with a good guide.

Wish to see a more detailed month by month wildlife calendar?

Visit our destinations sites below to learn a lot more

Białowieża Forest

The last European primeval forest

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Biebrza Marshes

European largest continental marshes

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