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The province of Lubuskie, here in north-west Poland, is truly blessed with an abundance of wildlife. The area is quite sparsely populated and there is a huge area covered by natural forest and lakes. There is very little or nothing in the way heavy industry which is mainly centred around the south-west of the country.

Here is a list of just some of the animal and bird life you may encounter here:

Deer • Red Squirrels • Beavers • Wild Boar • Otters • Hares • Badgers • Foxes • Raccoons • Eagles • Red Kites • Ravens • Golden Oriels • Multiple species of Woodpecker inc. Giant Black Woodpeckers Several varieties of Bats • Cranes • Storks • Many different Butterflies • Many different Dragonflies and Damsel Flies • And many, too many, other critters to mention here.

The Warta Slonsk Bird Reservation, which forms one of Poland’s National Parks, is only 45 minutes from Anglo-Polish Holidays guest house. The nature reserve covers 8000 hectares and around 245 different bird species have been identified there. Below is a list of some of those.

While some of the wildlife is often elusive to see, there is a plethora of clues that they are there. The sound of otters hitting the freshwater mussels with stones to try and open them or interpreting foot prints in the forest tracks every morning or the beautiful song of the Golden Oriole which despite being bright yellow is quite shy and rarely seen. Trees along the canal bank chewed to resemble an hourglass shape by beavers. Try out your stalking techniques to see what you can sneak up on.

Remember, if you step through our gates… you’re in the forest!

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Great Cormorant, Great Bittern, Little Bittern, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Black Stork, White Stork, Mute Swan, Bewick's Swan, Whooper Swan, Tundra Bean Goose, Taiga Bean Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye, Western Honey-Buzzard, Black Kite, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Osprey, Kestrel, Pheasant, Crane, Water Rail, Spotted Crake, Little Crake, Corn Crake, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Northern Lapwing, Dunlin, Ruff, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Tern, Little Tern, Black Tern, White winged Tern, Whiskered Tern, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Swift, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Blue-headed Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Thrush Nightingale, Nightingale, Black Redstart, Whinchat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Grasshopper Warbler, River Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Barred Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit,

Nearly all of the pictures

on this page were taken in our garden

Short-toed Treecreeper, Penduline Tit, Red-backed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Common Magpie, Hooded Crow, Northern Raven, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, European Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Common Rosefinch, Hawfinch, Yellowhammer, Ortolan Bunting, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting.