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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  • Today visited the family in the reserve. Extreme times was there 22 years ago! Since there are no impressions, because at that time was 13-14 and the ride was prepared by special people, and the goal was picking up mushrooms. So, today decided to finally gathered the whole big family, go on a tour and admire the bison and others who live there. When they reached the place literally for an hour on the road m-2, we reached a tour desk, which at the time was about the team, about people in 45. Seeing such a large number of tourists, we asked to split the Group at least 50/50, so everyone can listen to the Guide. We are ready to cooperate, but as guides they are sorely lacking, the cashier started to ring up the staff, guides, not to conduct a guided tour! So, the first group left with an experienced guide, and a second group that hit we went on a tour with the employee, who was clearly interested in such a stunt! Tour she held just jogging, half of what she was telling to hear has failed, and that the saddest thing is that for our paid money for tickets, we customize all the time, poprekala that they have no time, so you'd probably be better accepted! The positive, there are who look really very interesting, even our little dvuhgodovalye children looked at the living creatures with sinking! At the end we would like to wish the leadership reserve, increase the number of guides, as tourists are plentiful and everyone is interested! Tourists-your income, so much so that with the words of your staff at the reserve has no money to feed the animals, and they survive at the expense of truckers who bring, pumpkin with beets, apples.
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  • Surprised by the amount of negative reviews-great place for excursions with children. Tour itself takes 1.5 hours including teeth and a small museum. We came to 10:00 and hit the first excursion group were people 20. Then the groups were significantly more. Very interesting and informative, I recommend
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  • Get lost and accidentally drove to the reserve. On the territory of pretty cafes with wooden tables and verandas, the Goblin with rabbit, a pond, a large Bison for photos, gift shop, rope park for children and a viewing platform in the thickets of trees is of the artist. Get on the trail past the enclosures with wild animals for an adult is worth 400 rub., walk by mobs with a guide on duration 1.5 hours. There is a schedule for accidentally visiting almost every hour. Or take a tour guide for an additional fee. A little expensive, it turns out, especially if a family with children. We were with the dog, the dog cannot be categorical about this there is information on the stands.
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