Podvelikiy Moh

Podvelikiy Moh raised bog

Podvelikiy Moh

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  • Area: 
    10,647 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    52°44'N 26°16'E
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Podvelikiy Moh is a large mire massif composed predominantly of raised bogs, fen mires, transition mires and waterlogged forests. Together with Vigonoshchanskoe (Ramsar Site no. 2141), the wetland forms one of the largest mires in Europe. This large complex is an active zone of groundwater discharge, and constitutes the source of the Bobrik River, a tributary of the Pripyat River. The raised bogs, which are rare for the Polesie region, provide valuable hydrological services such as flood protection and water regulation. They also influence the climate and geochemical processes through peat accumulation and carbon sequestration. The bogs also provide an important habitat for nationally red-listed bird species such as the black-tailed godwit Limosa limosa and the short-toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicus. The Site’s flora is diverse due its location at the junction of different floristic complexes - boreal, forest-steppe, nemoral and Eastern European. Oligotrophic and mesotrophic pine and European white birch forests dominate the Site’s forest ecosystems. The main threats affecting the ecological character of the Site relate to intensive melioration systems in the surrounding area, the gathering of plants, and recreational and tourism activities.

Administrative region: 
Gancevichi district/Brest Region

  • National legal designation: 
    • Republican Hydrological Reserve - Podvelikiy Moh
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