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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  • 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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  • The only preserved in reserve. Unspoiled territory with the forties. Very clean, nicely. Bison is amazing. Only specify the start time of the excursions. SHL. Basil-guide-Lucid guy! Thank you.
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  • Drove family in Serpukhov and accidentally stumbled upon the Web site of the reserve. Immediately packed up and drove. Good weather had. Travelling with children, one of whom the kid in the wheelchair. This was not a problem-there for visitors laid tracks to bison nursery. Tour began with a visit to the Museum. There's all the animals of the area. School-age children, it is very interesting. Yes, and adults too. And after went to the nursery. Go through the forest, the air you must breathe, full breast! Come and see bison close enough-very exciting and a little scary. Animals large enough!
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