Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve, Serpukhovsky District

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Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Biosphere Reserve is one of Russia's smallest zapovedniks, sprawling over an area of 5,000 hectares along the left bank of the Oka River in the Serpukhov District of Moskva Oblast. It was established in 1945 as part of the Moscow Nature Reserve and is home to 900 plant species, 130 bird species, and 54 mammal species. A wisent nursery was established in 1948 to populate the region with European bisons from the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Western Caucasus. There is also a small herd of American bisons.Birds of the Prioksko-Terrasny State Biosphere ReserveOn the territory of the Prioksko-Terrasny state nature biosphere reserve, covering 4945 ha, 134 species of birds from 14 orders (Ciconiiformes, Anseriformes, Falconiformes, Galliformes, Gruiformes, Charadriiformes, Columbiformes, Cuculiformes, Strigiformes, Caprimulgiformes, Apodiformes, Coraciiformes, Piciformes, Passeriformes) had been registered by 1991. Later 5 more species were observed here. Thus, by the present time, the list of species of birds registered in the Reserve numbers 139 species. About 55% from them are Passerines. Most of birds of the Reserve belong to migratory breeding species or to nomadic breeding species. Some species are vagrants in the Reserve and in the Moscow Region (nutcracker Nicifraga caryocatactes (L.), etc.). Birds, nesting in central parts of Russia and on the territory of the Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve, in autumn are migrating to south-west. Part of them are wintering in southern regions of Russia and near the Black Sea, others are flying to south-western part of Europe: the Balkans, the Apennines, South France, South Germany. The rest migrate across the Mediterranean Sea and fly to Northern Africa.
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  • It was a rainy and cool day, but our walk went great guide Vasyl very interesting talk about the bison and bizonah, their life and habits, stories of the reserve and the relationship with other reserves. You can see that employees burn their business-all with whom we chatted with were friendly and attentive. Animals a lot and many fit very close to the trails.
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  • Bison and bison in early April to fit the paths because they need food. Summer may go into the forest, closer to the water. And so the atmosphere is perfectly OK, and the adult ticket 400 USD per entry and note tours every hour.
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  • Today visited the sanctuary family. 3 year son and he was thrilled. Reserve NET. All neat and tidy. Interesting and informative tour. Next to the parking lot has a gift shop and Cafe. Adult ticket-400r, children free, but a free ticket for a child it is necessary to take at the entrance. All recommend.
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