The Białowieża Forest UNESCO World Heritage site, on the border between Poland and Belarus, is an immense range of primary forest including both conifers and broadleaved trees covering a total area of 141,885 hectares. Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and Black Sea, this transboundary property is exceptional for the opportunities it offers for biodiversity conservation. It is home to the largest population of the property’s iconic species, the European bison.

The conference will be held at the Hotel Białowieski, which is located in the eastern part of the Białowieża village.


Distances from the hotel / venue to some important places:

-       forest edge – 0.2 km

-       nearest bust stop (near the Catholic church) – 0.5 km

-       nearest shops – 0.5 km

-       watchtower by the Narewka river – 0.8 km

-       nature reserve ”Wysokie Bagno” - 1 km

-       Belarusian state border - 1.8 km

-       village center - 2 km

-       Białowieża National Park (strictly protected area) - 4 km


Airport: Warsaw, F. Chopin Airport (250 km)

Train: from Warsaw via Siedlce to Hajnówka

Bus: from Hajnówka to Białowieża (20 km)

Bus: from Białystok (85 km)

Bus: from Warsaw East (dep. 14:50)


The organizers will offer a bus transfer from Warsaw Airport to the conference venue at Białowieża. Booking is possible through registration. The fare will depend on the number of passengers and has to be paid on the bus (in PLN or EURO).

The bus departure from the Chopin Airport is initially planned on March 16 at 15:30 (the exact place will be announced). We ask all participants of this trip to provide the time and number of the flight (for orientation purposes, to take into account possible delayed flights). The final departure time may change.


Bus transfer from Warsaw Airport to the conference venue at Białowieża: the last bus departures at 16:30.

Participants who declared the bus ride will be informed about details by e-mail.

Since the direct public bus from Białowieża to Warsaw was recently canceled, we will order a special bus (extra paid) for participants returning to Warsaw on March 20 in the morning (arrival to Warsaw around 10:30).


VISA: Please check the visa requirements from your country and, if necessary, please arrange in advance.

Photos: Wiesław Walankiewicz, Dorota Czeszczewik, Gilberto Pasinelli


The registration fee does not include costs for accommodation, so each participant is required to reserve a room independently of conference registration. There are many alternative accommodations in Białowieża.


Hotel Białowieski  - 86 rooms in total.

If you wish to stay at the Hotel Bialowieski, please book your room via email:

Double room: 58 Euro/night, single room: 40 Euro/night. Do not forget to add "Woodpecker conference” as email subject. 


You can also download a list alternative accommodations close to the venue (1-20 min on foot).

Price starts from 45 PLN per night per person (usually without breakfast).

List of alternative accommodations close to the venue
alternative accommodations IWC2019.pdf
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