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Polissia Nature Reserve

N 5132.087', E 286.095'
2012-09-23
http://polesye-reserve.org.ua/
Our rating: 7.20
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Polissia Nature Reserve is located in northern Ukraine near the Belarus border. It was created in 1968 to preserve pine forests and swamps. You can get there by car from Kyiv in 4 hours. The central estate of the reserve is located in the Selezivka village, where you can find a visitor center and a small museum of nature. Near the estate begins the marked eco trail (3 km) with information boards.

We spent two days in the reserve living in wooden cabins almost in the forest. In the cabins there is nothing but the beds, no bathrooms (however, there are sinks in some cabins). But there is a furnace, so it won't be cold even in winter. There's also a well from which we took water for brushing the teeth, washing and drinking. 

What to do there? Our answer is - to explore the beautiful nature. A large number of swamps made the area inaccessible to humans and unsuitable for agriculture. It saved the animals from destruction. We didn't see any big animals, but found a lot of small ones. The most interesting find was a forest dormouse that loves to sleep in birdhouses. Therefore, if you see traces of excrement around the hole in a birdhouse, it is likely that a dormouse will be there. We have found it twice. Curiously, the mouse didn't run away both times: it jumped on the back of someone of us and sat there for about a minute.

There are also many animal tracks, we found traces of a moose. Some time ago local people found traces of a wolf just 50 meters from the cabins. We also saw several beaver dams on the swamps.

But the most interesting thing in the forests for a wide range of tourists is mushrooming (in autumn). There are so many mushrooms that some people in our group got sick with the "mushroom fever." They refused to tour and got up at 6 am to gather more mushrooms :) I never saw such huge ones as we found here.

So, if you want to gather mushrooms, you can drive to the village in the morning, walk in the forest and return home in the evening.

The reserve features a unique form of beekeeping - apiculture (bortnytstvo). It remained from the times of the Kiev Rus (more than 1000 years old). Many local residents make special hives and hang them in the forest. Bee families find them and settle inside.

Polissia Nature Reserve
Polissia Nature Reserve Yuriy Buriak


Huge cep mushroom
Huge cep mushroom Yuriy Buriak


Huge birch bolete
Huge birch bolete Yuriy Buriak


Cep mushroom
Cep mushroom Yuriy Buriak


Finding such a
Finding such a "family of mushrooms" is considered a great success in the Kyiv region, but not here Yuriy Buriak


Red-capped scaber stalk
Red-capped scaber stalk Yuriy Buriak


Checking the presence of the forest dormouse
Checking the presence of the forest dormouse Yuriy Buriak


Forest dormouse
Forest dormouse Yuriy Buriak


Forest dormouse
Forest dormouse Yuriy Buriak


Minifrog
Minifrog Yuriy Buriak


Legless lizard
Legless lizard Yuriy Buriak


Squirrel
Squirrel Yuriy Buriak


Young birch trees
Young birch trees Yuriy Buriak


Unique type of beekeeping - apiculture (bortnytstvo)
Unique type of beekeeping - apiculture (bortnytstvo) Yuriy Buriak


Place for feeding animals
Place for feeding animals Yuriy Buriak


There is a lot of different kinds of berries in the forest
There is a lot of different kinds of berries in the forest Yuriy Buriak


Moss
Moss Yuriy Buriak


Platform with animal tracks
Platform with animal tracks Yuriy Buriak


Heather
Heather Yuriy Buriak


You can climb the tower and look around.
You can climb the tower and look around. Yuriy Buriak


Grybove (Mushroom) lake
Grybove (Mushroom) lake Yuriy Buriak


Artificial nests for birds
Artificial nests for birds Yuriy Buriak


Birch forest
Birch forest Yuriy Buriak


Such funny mushrooms grow everywhere.
Such funny mushrooms grow everywhere. Yuriy Buriak


Scenery on the way to the reserve
Scenery on the way to the reserve Yuriy Buriak


Large anthills
Large anthills Yuriy Buriak


Beaver dam
Beaver dam Yuriy Buriak


Beaver dam
Beaver dam Yuriy Buriak


Swamp
Swamp Yuriy Buriak


Cabins in the forest where we slept.
Cabins in the forest where we slept. Yuriy Buriak


There is a high level of humidity in the forests.
There is a high level of humidity in the forests. Yuriy Buriak


Artificial ponds
Artificial ponds Yuriy Buriak


Dugout (resembles a hobbit house)
Dugout (resembles a hobbit house) Yuriy Buriak


Polissia Nature Reserve
Polissia Nature Reserve Yuriy Buriak


Moss on the trees differs from the rest of Ukraine.
Moss on the trees differs from the rest of Ukraine. Yuriy Buriak


Artificial canals in the forest were formed after the gravel road construction.
Artificial canals in the forest were formed after the gravel road construction. Yuriy Buriak


Russula
Russula Yuriy Buriak


Fern
Fern Yuriy Buriak


Moss of two types: white and green
Moss of two types: white and green Yuriy Buriak


The pines are orange near the trunk.
The pines are orange near the trunk. Yuriy Buriak


Small pines have different coloring.
Small pines have different coloring. Yuriy Buriak


Next generation of footwear - eco
Next generation of footwear - eco Yuriy Buriak


Amanita
Amanita Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: It will take you about 4 hours by car from Kyiv. Use the gravel road from the Syrnytsya village to the Selezivka village as a landmark. The central estate of the reserve is located in Selezivka. We bought an organized tour from the "Unique Ukraine" travel agency

Tags, Ukraine: animals, ecological trail, mushrooms, reserve

Tags, all countries: animals, ecological trail, mushrooms, reserve
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