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Battle for Europe's last ancient forest

Date : 2nd August 2009, Source : The Independent (UK)

Acontest between competing needs of conservation and economic growth is threatening the future of large parts of Europe's last ancient forest. The 380,000-acre Bialowieza Primeval Forest, which straddles the border between Poland and Belarus, is one of the largest unpopulated woodlands remaining in Europe. It has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979, is home to the continent's largest herd of bison, and resembles in appearance and the self-contained food chain it supports the fabled wildwood that covered much of Europe's plain, and, indeed, England before man intervened.

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