"The forest is not like the city, here you can see everything," Mikalai leads us through a forest trail. He has been living in the depths of the Belavezha Forest for 26 years, so he knows exactly what he is talking about.
The scientist teaches us to distinguish the footprints of wolves, dogs, and deer.
We drive on: foresters are burning twigs and tree stumps. This is how they fight the bark beetle.
"As soon as the road is built, there will be no nature left", the local men comments on the nearby construction.
Following the signs, we get to a camp showing unmistakable signs of being recently inhabited by people: there was some leftover salad on the table, beside it a mattress was carefully rolled up and hidden in plastic bag and a bag of raw potatoes was hanging on the tree.
"It's the Ukrainians. They come to pick berries and mushrooms living in such camps for several days and leaving the garbage behind," the locals explained. The Rubrynsk forestry staff had the same explanation.
"From beginning of April we come here to see whether they fly. If they are working there, we let them go. If not, we clean it inside, throw away the rotten stuff."
Ivan is the most famous beekeeper in the village. He happily takes us to his back-yard to show his bee-trees. They look like a large pine tree stumps covered with tin. This protects the hives against martens and black woodpeckers. The old man has about 50 bee-trees in the forest, a few more are located near his house. Typically the season begins late April and lasts until October.