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Jun 7, 2016

Europe’s last primeval forest

Europe’s last primeval forest

Occupying almost 580 square miles of woodland, Bialowieza is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Europe's last primeval forest - and it is under attack, from bark beetles eating its spruce trees.

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A Laetiporus Murrill mushroom called "Chicken of the woods" grows on a tree in a protected area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Trees lie in water in a swampy area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A bough covered with moss is seen in a protected area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A fern leaf lies on a bough in a protected area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A woodpecker perches on a tree in a protected area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel SEARCH "BIALOWIEZA PEMPEL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A tree is reflected in water in a protected area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Trees lie in water in Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A swampy part of forest is seen in a protected area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A bough covered with moss is seen in Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 29, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A bough covered with moss is seen in a protected area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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The sky is seen through trees at Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 28, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Tree stumps are seen at Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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European bisons graze on the edge of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 28, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A marked tree grows in Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A marked tree is seen in Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 29, 2016. KACPER PEMPLE/REUTERS

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A tree covered with moss lies in a protected area of Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A tree stands in Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 28, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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