Straddling the border of Poland and Belarus, there is a reminder of what Europe used to look like before the arrival of man. Bialowieza Forest is the largest remaining part of a vast primeval forest that stretched for thousands of miles from corner to corner of the European plain. Something very large and very rare still stirs within the forest.
Little has changed here for thousands of years. It is still home to Europe's heaviest land mammal - the Wisent. Yet the area has been witness to tumultuous social and political changes, one of which was to see the wisent eradicated from the confines of the forest. Bialowieza saw little peace in the twentieth century.