Forests in Western Poland
Trees such as the larch, poplar, oak, sycamore, black alder, elm, white elm, white willow, small-leaved lime, bilberry, birch, fir, beech and many others grow in forests the forests of western Poland. This diversity of tree species supports rich wildlife. These forests are some of the best in Europe in terms of size and plant diversity.
The mosts notable of forests in the west of Poland are the Puszcza Piska (Pisz Forest), Puszcza Notecka (Notec Forest), Bory Tucholskie (Tuchola Forest) and Bory Dolnoslaskie (Lower Silesia Forest). The finest beech forest is the Puszcza Bukowa (Beech Forest) near Szczecin.
A true gem in west Poland is the Puszcza Piaskowa (Piasek Forest), situated in the Odra valley near Cedynia and at the western fringes of the Mysliborz Lake District. Named after the village of Piasek, it is a vestige of the ancient woods that once stretched along the Odra. More than half of its trees are broadleaved species including 250-300 years old oaks, with some of them living up to 350-400 years.
The Puszcza Notecka (Notecka Forest) consisting of over 100 000 ha of pine forests is one of the best places in Poland for those interested in wild mushrooms, and particularly the highly prized Borowiki. Its proximity to the beautiful Lubuskie Lake District makes the area a great holiday destination for nature lovers.
In the Pomeranian Lake District, the most extensive wood is the Tuchola Forest (Bory Tucholskie; about 1200 sq km), with an enclave of primeval vegetation is the Wierzchlas yew reserve. This concentration of yews, Poland's biggest, comprises a fragment of the ancient Pomeranian Forest with some four thousand trees aged up to 400 years. Remnants of the primeval mixed forest are woods with a predominance of pines interspersed with wild service berries.
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