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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  • This place is wonderful! You can see bisons in they natural habitat. You can get to this place by commuter train from "Kurskiy vokzal" (railroad station). You have to go to Serpukhov railroad station....  more »
  • You encounters a huge turn on for 30 minutes. No cashier pointers, you must first run-search. Inside sits 1! the cashier, in addition to selling tickets answers endless questions of visitors, TC information about visiting at least small letters and only near the cash register. Walk alone does not expect, only with a guide and with a huge crowd of visitors. Guided tours every hour, not managed to buy tickets for the near-waiting for another hour. Itinerary is very short, time-1:00 for this "magic". For this delight take 400 rub., no parking, spontaneously along the road stand. Eco path "in the foliage" complete crap, 100 meters suspended tracks for 300 rubles for tickets, standing in the same queue path done right next to the highway! Works is a wonderful institution to 17:00. After visiting the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the "preserve" just isn't worth the visit, be disappointed. Simply a disgrace, rather than preserve, don't waste your time.
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  • A good place to relax from the hustle and bustle. An interesting excursion, tour guide knows and loves his job. Children liked the bison, and especially the weasel. There is a park town, there are different levels of difficulty. Kids don't want to leave.
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