“Tracking the Spotted Eagle” – Hajnówka Forest District

The trail runs near Topiło village. It was created under the project Life Plus “The lesser spotted eagle conservation in selected Nature 2000 areas”.

It runs through locations representing environments required for development of the lesser spotted eagle population in Białowieża Forest and methods in which this bird of prey finds food. These ten stops present a relationship between this eagle and the man throughout the ages, as well as present hazards to which this bird is exposed nowadays. The boards are marked with interesting pictograms encouraging the visitors to explore the secrets of the lesser spotted eagle and Białowieża Forest.

The lesser spotted eagle (Clanga pomarina) is a large bird of prey belonging to the family Accipitridae. It is protected under the Birds Directive (2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009). In Poland this species is strictly protected and it is also registered in the Polish Red Data Book of Animals. The lesser spotted eagle is a demanding bird, as it nests in the forests but hunts nearly always in open areas, e.g., hay meadows. The greatest threat that the man poses to this bird is loss of nesting sites and feeding areas, disappearing mainly due to developing agriculture.

Route length: 2,2km

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