Central part of the bog
The raised bog
Displaying ground of the Black Grouse on the mire


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  • Area: 
    28,469 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    55°27'N 29°21'E
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Kozyansky is a wetland complex of transitional mires, raised bogs, forested and non-forested peatlands, rivers, lakes and farmland. One of the most notable aspects of the Site is its core area, a tract of raised bogs that provide habitat for 21 nationally threatened plant species. The wetland is a biodiversity hotspot for its biogeographical region, containing 583 vascular plant species and 175 species of nesting birds. It is an important breeding and foraging area for 41 bird species nationally listed as threatened, such as greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga), Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata) and common greenshank (Tringa nebularia). The representation of mammals is also significant, with the Site containing up to 77% of the species found in the country. The complex provides a very significant hydrological role for the region, maintaining groundwater levels and water quality. It is a popular spot for traditional gathering of berries and mushrooms. Threats to the Site’s ecological character include peat extraction, canalization, vegetation succession and pollution from nearby farms.

Administrative region: 
Vitebsk region, Polotsk and Shumilino districts

  • National legal designation: 
    • Landscape Reserve of National Importance - Kozyansky
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