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Prioksko Terrasny Reserve

The Moscow region only has one nature reserve, but it is also one of the most vital reserves in Russia. Located near the town of Serpukhov, which is on the banks of the Oka River, the Prioksko Terrasny Reserve is a very unique reserve, as it is home to a special breeding facility for bison. It is a mere hundred and ten kilometers from Moscow, and the animal and plant life of this reserve is breathtaking. Visiting the Prioksko Terrasny Reserve is a unique and unforgettable experience that is recommended to all visitors to Russia.

There was a time in the history of Russia, due to the unlimited hunting of bison, that when counted in 1927, the bison were nearing extinction. Even across the whole of Europe, only forty-eight could be accounted for and only in zoos, which was a shocking figure. The Bison Breeding Centre, which is located in the Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve, is home to approximately fifty Bison. Through their efforts and dedication to the species, over two hundred and fifty have now been released back into the wild, in the hope that wild populations will once again begin to soar.

The landscapes of the Prioksko Terrasny Reserve are something to be admired, and it is so diverse that it provides safe habitats for a variety of animals. Mixed forests, pine forests, birch, forest steppe and dark spruce forests blanket the reserve. The rivers, lakes and bogs provide the ideal habitats for beavers.

The reserve is also popular with bird watching enthusiasts, as the reserve is known for its magnificent bird life of more than one hundred and thirty-nine species, as migrating birds are also seen here during the relevant seasons. Birding enthusiasts will be able to marvel at bird such as the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Long-Eared Owl, Tawny Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hazel Grouse, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch, Pied Flycatcher and rare Red Data Book species such as the Stock Dove, Black Kite, European Honey-Buzzard, Great Grey Shrike and many more. The Prioksko Terrasny Reserve is a wonderful wildlife adventure to embark on, and visitors will not be disappointed by either the landscapes or wildlife.


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