Dnister River Valley

Dnister River (vicinities of the city of Halych, site “Pidkamin”)
The Dnister oxbow lake (vicinities of the city of Halych, site “Korolivka”)
The Dnister oxbow lake (vicinities of the village of Vodnyky)
Flock of common teal.
Flock of common merganser.
Early spring on the Dnister.
Early spring on the Dnister.
Early spring on the Dnister.

Dnister River Valley

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  • Area: 
    820 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    49°05'N 24°46'E
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The Dnister River Valley in western Ukraine contains the free-flowing river, its riparian zone, several islands and oxbow lakes. The Site is a valuable stretch of the upper Dnister, as it includes unique natural floodplain habitats. It is a biodiversity hotspot, with a combination of diverse rare wetland habitat types, floodplain vegetation communities and a large number of nationally threatened species (four plants, six insects, ten fish, nine birds and eight mammals). The Site is the most important wintering place for waterbirds in the upper and middle stretches of the River, and hosts internationally important numbers of Mergus merganser, Bucephala clangula and Mergellus albellus. It also provides local people with drinking water and protection against flash floods, while providing opportunities for recreation, water tourism and fishing. Overfishing and river canalization and regulation are among the most notable threats to the wetland. As of 2019, a management plan is being prepared for the Site.

Administrative region: 
Ivano-Frankivska oblast

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Nature Park - Halytskyi
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