Birdwatching in Belarus
Belarus (previously known as Byelorussia or White Russia) was a former republic of the Soviet Union, gaining independence in 1991. A land locked country in Eastern Europe, it borders five countries, including Poland to the west and Russia to the north-east. Minsk is the capital city. Belarus is a low-lying country that has over 1,000 lakes and large tracts of primary forest which provide refuge for many species of mammals and birds.