A 4-day school trip to Krakow proved quite interesting for wildlife. Black Redstarts were as common as Robins, Jackdaws were different (a different race anyway) Fieldfares were approachable (incredibly tame compared to ours) and my one and only winner led me a very merry dance...
Auschwitz - Birkenau
Obviously, you don't come to Auschwitz to appreciate wildlife. Nevertheless, it was heartening to see that some birds were thriving here.
The next morning I made my own great escape. Leaving our hotel at 6am, I took a taxi to Las Wolski Forest 25 minutes west of Krakow. I had just 2 hours of freedom to search for winners before heading back to re-join our busy schedule. This forest was home to 8 species of woodpecker, the UK has only 3. Surely I would score here?