Sunday, 9 November 2008

Destinations: Poloniny National Park - Slovakia

The Poloniny National Park (Narodny Park Poloniny) lies in the very north-eastern corner of Slovakia in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains. The park extends right up to the state borders with Poland and the Ukraine. Poloniny is mainly blanketed in forests, including some fine old beech-fir stands, the home of Black Stork, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Hazel Grouse, Ural and Pygmy Owls, 8 species of woodpecker and Red-breasted Flycatcher, to name just a few. There are also Brown Bear, Lynx and Wolf here, though they usually keep a low profile. This is a magical place but not one that gives up its birds easily: expect to do some serious walking. The forests are crossed by colour-coded trails which are marked on local maps. Poloniny can be approach by road from the towns of Humenne and then Snina.

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