Matthew Jebb of the National Botanic Gardens took these pictures on a recent trip to Siberia.
The Siberian Taiga is the largest forest on earth, and makes up
27% of the World's total forested land. Many species found
here are also found in Ireland, especially the two most common
species, silver birch and Scots pine.
The Altai Mountains lie on the borders of Siberia, Tibet and
Mongolia. The people living in this region subsist almost
entirely from their sheep for their food, clothing and even
alcohol! Low rainfall and bitterly cold winters make this a
harsh environment for people and wildlife.