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Our workshops offer a unique opportunity to explore topics related to biodiversity under the guidance of the best specialists. We aim to bring together participants with extensive experience. The only requirement for participation in the workshop is to be interested in the topic. During all workshops, experts will speak about the role of dead wood in the forest ecosystem, and the protection of Bialowieza Forest. In each edition of the International Workshop on Biodiversity we present specific topics in oder to provide a wider range of issues and the opportunity to choose subject closely related to your interests. The topics of workshops include: "FOREST", "AMPHIBIANS", "BIRDS", "PLANTS”, "INSECTS", „BATS", "FUNGI", "MAMMALS", "BISONS", "TRACKING”, "WOLVES”. The number of participants in each workshop is limited, providing an informal and friendly atmosphere, and individualised teaching.

 

Examples of topics - goals & objectives:

Dead wood in the forest – its role, amount and classification- participants recognise phases of dead wood decomposition, measure its amount in the forest by two methods, recognise species living on dead wood.  

Diversity of insects - diversity of forest invertebrates and their role in the ecosystem with special focus on species related to dead wood and bark beetles.

 

 Management of the Bialowieza Forest - participants learn how the Bialowieza Forest is managed (nature conservation forms, commercial forest, forest management plan) 

 

Animal tracks and signs - identification of tracks and signs left by animals (mainly mammals and birds) in the forest.

 

Woodpeckers of the Bialowieza Forest - how to recognise woodpecker species and signs of their activity.  

 

Structure and composition of forest ecosystems - tree composition in different habitats, structure of tree stands (layers), height and volume of the trees, proportion alive and dead trees in the natural forest.

 

 

What we know about birds in Bialowieza National Park?  - Birdwatching (Bialowieza village, Palace Park and Bialowieza Glade)

 

 

Amphibians of Bialowieza Forest - methods of monitoring 

 

 

Basic forest types of Bialowieza Forest: flora, soil properties, landscape forms - participants recognise basic types of forests and understand dependence between landscape form – soil properties – flora of forests.

 

Diversity of fungi - diversity of forest fungi and their role in the ecosystem with special focus on species related to dead wood.

 

Role of dead wood in the forest ecosystem - role of dead wood in the forest ecosystems, proportion of dead wood in natural and managed forest, diversity of organisms related to dead wood.

foto: K.Komar

 

Spring flora of deciduous forests - How to determine plants? Trip to “Zebra zubra” and yellow trail.

 

Role of natural carrion in ecosystems. Large predators - highlight the importance of dead animals in natural ecosystems, their role, types of carrion resources, importance of large predators as carrion suppliers, scavenger community.

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Diversity of species of forest birds , difference between habitats, role of different species in the community.

Spring flora of deciduous forests - How to determine plants? Trip to “Zebra zubra” and yellow trail.

Non-invasive methods for mammal monitoring - identification of tracks and signs left by mammals in the forest, including footprints, hairs, scats, feeding and resting sites.

Significance of the bird songs - identification of bird calls.

 

Forest dynamics/forest history - methods of forest dynamics/forest history studies. Dendrochronology and its advantages.

Secondary cavity nesters and cavity resources in different parts of the Bialowieza Forest - searching and control of the natural cavities (e.g. managed oak-lime-hornbeam stands)

 

Diversity of forest flora - diversity of forest flora in different forest types, with special focus on rich oak-lime-hornbeam forest (Tilio-Carpinetum) as typical (and distinctive) for Bialowieza Forest

     

Evidences of past fires in Bialowieza Forest. - methods of fire history research - traces of fires in forest ecosystem: charcoal, fire scarred trees and stumps. Mechanism of fire scar formation. Role of fire in shaping forest dynamics/tree species composition

 

Trees and bushes of Bialowieza Forest – buds and twigs - practical training in trees and bushes determination by buds and twigs 

foto: S.Rosner foto: J.Korbel foto: K.Komar
foto: O.Pabian foto: K.Komar foto: Z.Niechoda

 

    

   

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