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National natural Desna-Stara Guta park

National natural Desna-Stara Guta park
 
It is the northernmost Left-Bank national natural park founded in 1999; it is located in Seredyna Buda region along the border with Russian Federation. Its territory (162.15km2) is divided in two according to specific natural conditions. The Desna area includes four-kilometer-wide swampy floodplain abounding in former riverbeds and lakes. Meadows, rushy and bushy terrain together with glassy water surface create fantastic primeval landscape. This beauty is framed with terrace pinewoods. The Stara Guta area (named after the village there) includes the southernmost part of primeval Briansk forests. The forestland is located on uneven, boggy terrace of Desna Basin. Pines, birch, alder and oak prevail. It is an uninhabited and secluded area. There is still no systematic set of descriptions of all the plants in the park, but 800 types of vascular plants is a good estimate. The floodplain fauna includes beaver, otter, and ermine. Elk, roe deer, wild boars, wolves, foxes, marten, hare and squirrel live in the forests. Now and then bears, bison and lynx come from the Briansk forests.


 
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