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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  • Great place to take a walk, take a breath of fresh air and see bison (and if you're lucky, and bison)
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  • Two families with children have decided to visit this place during the holidays. Lucky with the weather: fresh snow fell. Joined the tours, the Group was a large, divided into three threads, tour guide Tatyana held a remarkable tour, told all the details of the life of bison and bison in the kennel. Then they visited the natural history museum and went to Cafe (ate home-cooked meal), children fed soup and pancakes, all excellent (the only negative in the Café there is nowhere to wash hands, used wet wipes). There is a coffee machine and toilets.
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  • Came at the weekend, as individual travelers. Bought tickets, joined the group. An interesting tour, walking, not less than one hour. Seen bison! Happy! Thank you for a wonderful weekend!
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