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Polistovsky Nature Reserve

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Location  Russia
Area  379.8 km²
Established  May 25, 1994
Nearest city  Novorzhev
Phone  +7 811 412-23-91
Polistovsky Nature Reserve
Address  Sovetskaya ul., 9Б, Bezhanitsy, Pskov Oblast, Russia, 182840
Hours  Open today · 9AM–6PMThursday9AM–6PMFriday9AM–6PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedMonday9AM–6PMTuesday9AM–6PMWednesday9AM–6PMSuggest an edit

Polistovsky Nature Reserve, Polistovsky Zapovednik (Russian: Полистовский заповедник) is a strict nature reserve (a zapovednik) in the northwest of Russia, located in Bezhanitsky and Loknyansky Districts of Pskov Oblast, in the Polist-Lovat Swamp System. The reserve is about 120 km southeast of the city of Pskov. It was formally established on May 25, 1994. Previously, it functioned as a zakaznik. The nature reserve is created to protect the raised bog ecosystems of the Northwestern Russia.


Location and geography

The area of the reserve is elongated from southeast to northwest and is adhacent to the border between Pskov and Novgorod Oblasts. At the other side of the border, in Novgorod Oblast, the nature reserve continues as Rdeysky Nature Reserve. The nature reserve is divided between the drainage basins of the Lovat River and the Polist River.

The territory of Polistovsky Nature Reserve is a glacial landscape, which is essentially a flat swampy area with a large amount of lakes. Some areas are forested.


The area mostly consists of raised bogs. Forest grows on the islands on the bog. The main types forest are coniferous forests based on spruce and broadleaf forest, based on oak and linden. Birch and aspen appeared as derivative forest from oak and linden. Around 370 species of plants grow in the reserve.


European mink is a critically endangered mammal species which is resident in the reserve.


Polistovsky Nature Reserve Wikipedia

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