- Site number:1402
- Area:12,718 ha
- Designation date:17-11-2003
- Coordinates:51°42'N 27°07'E
Located near the border with Belarus, the Site consists of the largest mire in Ukraine which, together with the mires on the Belarusian side, is said to form the biggest peatland in Europe. Due to its inaccessible location, the wetland has been preserved in a natural state. The boundaries of the Site have been delineated more accurately to correspond to the territory of Rivnensky Nature Reserve. Transitional communities of sedge-sphagnum mires prevail at the periphery, and fens with Phragmites australis and Carex lasiocarpa predominate in the central area. The Site is important for the conservation of the typical boreal mire flora and fauna: it provides habitat for over 630 native plant species and 430 animal species, including 92 protected species. The mires and small forested islands provide important breeding and foraging grounds for globally threatened species of birds such as the greater spotted eagle Aquila clanga and aquatic warbler Acrocephalus paludicola. The peatlands are important for flood control, water retention and water purification. During extensive floods every ten years or so, the Site is almost completely covered by water. The duration of flooding is increasingly fluctuating; the years from 2013 to 2015 were very dry and led to a shorter flooding period. Human activities include the gathering of cranberries, and long-term monitoring and scientific activities.
Together with Olmany Mires Zakaznik in Belarus (Site no. 1091), Perebrody Peatlands is part of the "Olmany - Perebrody mires" Transboundary Ramsar Site established in 2015.
- National legal designation:
- Nature Reserve
- Last publication date:08-11-2016