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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  • Excursions in 10, 12, 2:00 pm days. Better to go in winter, then the more likely you are to see the Bison as they do not depart away from feeders. In December people little January much more. In summer it is better to visit in August to the last trip. Excursion route about 3 km. Recommend personal tour of 100USD. There is a small museum. Tea buns also have where to taste.
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  • Visited with a kid happy. Passage to the bison only with a guide. I liked the story, the animals all saw-bison business, deer. Under the supervision of a guide fed bison carrot-the kids were thrilled. The Museum did not impress, but young children here interesting. But happily drank hot tea with cakes.
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  • Very much in the nature reserve, a good guide, beautiful places. On the territory there is a cafe where you can relax after a day of trips and excursions, and a souvenir shop where guests can buy souvenirs.
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