The recent wildfires that devastated Biebrza wetlands left not only burned out landscape and devastated moors of the nature conservation region.

The true casualties are the creatures living there, whether permanently or temporarily, treating the Biebrzański National Park wetlands their home during seasonal migrations.

The tragedy for animals, mostly rare birds, gets even harder, as the wildfires overlapped with the spring nesting season either already in progress or just before. This made large portion of the species decimated or – in best case, avoiding the area which for generations had been the default breeding location.

Here a imaging shortlist of some of the casualties…