Duleby Islands-Zaozerye

The site's mires hold rich reserves of cranberry
Pine forest on the peatland
Pine forest on the peatland
The appearance of the site's peatlands
There are lakes among the mires.
The appearance of the site's open peatlands

Duleby Islands-Zaozerye

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  • Area: 
    30,772 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    53°47'N 29°29'E
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The Site is located some 130 kilometres east of Minsk and consists of two separate areas, Duleby Islands and Zaozerye. Together they make up a mire complex with boreal Sphagnum ridge-hollow bogs, pine swamp forests and fens prominent. The Site supports five habitats of international importance that provide favourable conditions for the conservation of plant and animal communities that are nationally listed as vulnerable or endangered. Numerous birds of prey can be found at the Site, including six breeding pairs of the short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus) and two breeding pairs of the lesser spotted eagle (Aquila pomarina). The wetland plays important roles in purifying and supplying water to the rivers of the Dnieper basin and in recharging groundwater systems. The main land uses within the Site are hunting, forestry, and collecting of berries, mushrooms, and herbal and medicinal plants. The main factors affecting its ecological character are fires, logging, poaching, pollution and increased background radiation caused by the transfer of radioactive elements after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986.

Administrative region: 
Mogilev region

  • National legal designation: 
    • Hydrological Reserve of Republican Importance - Duleby Islands
    • Hydrological Reserve of Republican Importance - Zaozerye
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