Ministry of natural resources of the Russian federation

       Polistovsky National Nature Reserve

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February 21 - Polistovsky Reserve shared experience with the audience of "Winter School" in Pskov

Polistovsky Reserve shared experience with the audience of "Winter School" in Pskov

Полистовский заповедник на занятиях

On the 20th of February, Polistovsky Reserve presented its experience in the field of environmental education at an information event for specialists of eco-centers and teachers of natural sciences "Winter School", organized by NGO "Lake Peipsi Project" in the framework of the eco-educational project "Your Land".

February 20 - Winter route accounting of animals in Polistovsky Reserve

Winter route accounting of animals in Polistovsky Reserve

зимний маршрутный учет животных, Полистовский заповедник

Polistovsky Reserve employees conducted winter route accountings of hunting species of animals. Inhabitants of the protected area were counted by their footprints on 5 routes, about 15 km long each.

February 19 - Tsevlo village residents discussed cooperation with Polistovsky Reserve

Tsevlo village residents discussed cooperation with Polistovsky Reserve

встреча в деревне Цевло, Полистовский заповедник

On Friday, the 16th of February, Polistovsky Reserve staff met with the residents of Tsevlo village on the scientific-technical base of Polistovsky Reserve and discussed plans for the upcoming summer tourist season.

February 16 - New winter route is opened in Polistovsky Reserve

New winter route is opened in Polistovsky Reserve

зимний маршрут на снегоходах, Полистовский заповедник

A new winter ecological route started work in Polistovsky Reserve. It is held in the cold season on snowmobiles and tells visitors about winter on Polistovsky bogs, history of the bog settlements and work of the Reserve's employees.

February 14 - Polistovsky Reserve at the festival "Pristine Russia"

February 14 - Polistovsky Reserve at the festival "Pristine Russia"

Полистовский заповедник на фестивале «Первозданная Россия»

On the 10th of February, Polistovsky Reserve took part in the All-Russian nature festival "Pistine Russia". Visitors of the festival got acquainted with the raised bog, its natural value and inhabitants, and took part in Polistovsky Reserve interactive games.

January 24 - Fire safety info-boards are installed

Fire safety info-boards are installed in the vicinity of the Reserve

противопожарные аншлаги, Полистовский заповедник

Yesterday Polistovsky Reserve staff installed information signs with fire-prevention propaganda on the main routes leading to the protected natural area.

January 22 - Polistovsky bog is frozen to 16 centimeters deep

Polistovsky bog is frozen to 16 centimeters deep

промерзание болота, Полистовский заповедник

Annually with the onset of cold weather, Polistovsky Reserve employees start to monitor the process of freezing and subsequent thawing of the raised bog. Now, by the middle of winter, the surface of the bog has already frozen to a depth of 16 centimeters.

January 19 - Bezhanitsy schoolchildren got acquainted with the PAs of Russia at the photo exhibition

Schoolchildren got acquainted with the PAs of Russia at the photo exhibition at Philosophovy historical and cultural center

занятие Полистовского заповедника в Бежаницком историко-культурном центре Философовых

Today the students of Bezhanitskaya school attended Polistovsky Reserve event, dedicated to the protected areas of Russia. It was held at Philosophovy Historical and Cultural Center in Bezhanitsy, where the photo exhibition "Protected Areas of Russia" started its work.

January 17 - Photo exhibition at Velikie Luki State Agricultural Academy

Photo exhibition at Velikie Luki State Agricultural Academy

фотовыставка в Великолукской ГСХА, Полистовский заповедник

Today Polistovsky Reserve photo exhibition "Winter" was opened at Velikie Luki State Agricultural Academy, it is dedicated to the life of nature and the inhabitants of the protected area in the cold season.

January 16 - How to count animals correctly: a briefing was held in the Reserve

How to count animals correctly: a briefing was held in the Reserve

Today Polistovsky Reserve state inspectors were instructed to conduct winter route countings of the main hunting species of animals and birds. Counters received route maps, and planned counting work for this season.

January 11 - Protected areas system of Russia celebrates 101-year anniversary

Protected areas system of Russia celebrates 101-year anniversary

Полистовский заповедник

Today the Day of National Nature Reserves and National Parks is celebrated in Russia. 101 years ago the first National Nature Reserve - Barguzinsky - was created in our country. In honor of this holiday Polistovsky Reserve offers readers a test on Russian protected areas system, the test is here.

January 10 - Winter school holidays with Polistovsky Reserve

Winter school holidays with Polistovsky Reserve

During winter school holidays in Tsevlo and Gogolevo villages, children and their parents took part in the New Year's cognitive events dedicated to Polistovsky Reserve nature.

December 29 - Polistovsky Reserve photo exhibition in Pskov

Polistovsky Reserve photo exhibition in Pskov

фотовыставка в кинотеатре «Победа», Полистовский заповедник

Polistovsky exhibition is opened in Pskov cinema "Pobeda", here you can learn everything, or almost everything about Polistovsky Reserve with the help of photographs.

December 27 - New snowmobiles start working on protection of the territory of Polistovsky Reserve

New snowmobiles start working on protection of the territory of Polistovsky Reserve

New Polaris snowmobiles are fully prepared for operation and started to be used by the law-enforcement team of Polistovsky Reserve. Two new snowmobiles will allow state inspectors to move around the territory as quickly as possible and make work more effective in winter.

December 25 - 5 facts about the spruce - let's save the green spruce!

5 facts about the spruce - let's save the green spruce! 

Every year at the end of December, an ecological campaign "Save the green spruce!" calls evveryone to take care of coniferous trees , especially during the period of New Year's holidays. We suggest you to learn a little more about the spruce tree, and this year do not install a living tree at home

December 20 - Polistovsky Reserve will take part in the development of environmental education in Pskov region

Polistovsky Reserve will take part in the development of environmental education in Pskov region

On the 18th of December Polistovsky Reserve presented its experience in the field of environmental education and interpretation at the Round Table "Protected Areas opportunities to improve the quality of environmental education" in Pskov. The round table was the first event of the project "Your land", implemented by NGO “Lake Peipsi Project, Pskov” with the support of Russian President Grant.

December 19 - Ornithological expedition: Red Data Book findings

Ornithological expedition: Red Data Book findings 

серый сорокопут, Полистовский заповедник

Almost elusive gray shrike and traces of the Central Russian willow ptarmigan were found by ornithologists during the expedition to Polistovsky Reserve, which took place from the 11th to the 14th of December. Both species are rare and included in the Red Data Books of Russia and Pskov Region.

December 15 - "Ecological mosaic" game in Bezhanitsky school

Eco-game "Ecological mosaic" in Bezhanitsky school

экологический КВН в Бежаницкой школе, Полистовский заповедник

Today pupils of the third form of Bezhanitsky secondary school checked their knowledge of nature and its protection, showed imagination and creativity, and competed in team contest "Ecological mosaic" organized by Polistovsky Reserve in conclusion of the year of the 100th anniversary of Russian system of protected areas.

December 14 - Exhibition of drawings "My Motherland is rich in kindness" in Bezhanitsy and Loknya

Exhibition of drawings "My Motherland is rich in kindness" in Bezhanitsy and Loknya


Exhibitions of works participated in the contest of children's drawings "My Motherland is rich in kindness" are opened in Bezhanitsy Central District Library named after A.P. Philosophova and in Central District Library of Loknya settlement.

December 13 - The first letters to animals came to Polistovsky Reserve

The first letters to animals came to Polistovsky Reserve

письма животным, Полистовский заповедник

Polistovsky Reserve received the first letters to the inhabitants of the protected area. Letters to foxes, squirrels, beavers, hares and badgers were written by the pupils of Bezhanitsky school and a kindergarten in a framework of the project "Letters to animals".

November 23 - The action "Feed birds in winter" has started.

As you know, winter is a very difficult time for birds: strong wind, frost, endless precipitation in the form of snow or rain make it difficult to search for food in a frozen forest.

Annually from the beginning of November within the framework of the action "Feed birds in winter" Polistovsky Reserve conducts lessons in schools of the Pskov region, that are dedicated to help for wintering birds.

November 22 - Photo exhibition "Winter in Polistovie" was opened in Velikie Luki.

From November 17 to December 20, 2017 in the Museum of local lore there is a photo exhibition "Winter in Polistovie".

The exposition presents artworks by natural photographer Andrian Kolotilin, who was one of the first who acquainted viewers with the amazing lands  and hidden life of nature in swamps, forests and waters of Polistovsky Reserve.

November 20 - "The Nature Chronicle of Eurasia: A Large-Scale Analysis of Changing Ecosystems"

From November 7 to 10, the All-Russian seminar-conference with international participation "The Nature Chronicle of Eurasia: A Large-Scale Analysis of Changing Ecosystems" was held in the Moscow Region.

Its guests were representatives of more than 60 Russian protected areas, RK MAB, Moscow State University the academic science.

November 16 - Field meeting on environmental education

On November 9 and 10, an interregional seminar for employees of pre-school and school institutions in the field of contemporary trends in environmental education was held in Polistovsky Reserve.

The organizers were employees of the department of environmental education and tourism of the reserve together with Greenpeace Russia.

November 13 - State inspectors trains to fight with fire

On November 7-8, 2017, a training workshop for Polistovsky Reserve state inspectors was held.

The organizers of the event were Polistovsky Reserve together with Greenpeace Russia.

November 10 - "The game that set you on fire"

Polistovsky Reserve became one of the 8 specially protected natural areas, the delegates of which took part in a very unusual event.

This is hackathon - a forum in which specialists from different areas work together to solve an overall problem.

October 31 - Joint security raids continue

Since the beginning of the autumn, the amount of work for the security department of Polistovsky Reserve has increased.

In addition to patrolling and suppressing illegal harvesting of cranberries, state inspectors conducted joint raids with employees of other, but very close fields of activity.

October 30 - Eyed and layered burls

Quiet autumn days in naked forest is an important period for woodcarvers.

This is the time to search some blanks for future crafts: bowls, carved ornaments, knife arms. Raw materials for them are unusual growths of tree trunk – different type of burls.

November 9 - Guests of the Darwin Museum made gifts for birds

November 4 in cultural institutions of different parts of the country were held in the framework of the All-russian "Arts Night".

By analogy with the already quite popular "Museum Night", this is an evening in which a visit to a gallery, theater or museum is not a strict official event.

November 9 - Vacations in Polistovie. Autumn

From October 28 to November 4, 2017, in the Tsevlo Village Club , the autumn program "Holidays in Polistovie" was held.

That time the guests of the village were the team of the Studio "DA" from St. Petersburg. Since its inception in 2008, the Children's Animation Studio (DA) is engaged in social-oriented work, creating cartoons with children in crisis situations and children with special needs.

October 30 – Field report: Cranberry season in Polistovie.

Golden autumn is a hard time for employees of the protection department of Polistovsky Reserve.

Since September 17, manual collecting of cranberries on certain sites in the conservation zone of the reserve has been officially permited.

October 27 - Results of the Children's Painting Competition

The eco-ethnographic contest of children's drawings "My homeland is rich with kindness" came to an end.

It took place within the framework of the preventive program "The village is rich with kindness". Organizers of the competition were Polistovsky Reserve together with the Village club of Tsevlo.

October 24 - The colors of autumn

Yellow leaves of the birch, orange-red at the maple, pink at the spindle-leaf - all the variety of shades of autumn foliage is caused by three mixed groups of dyes contained in the cells of fading leaves.

Chlorophyll is responsible for the green color of plants. This is one of the necessary elements in a chain of chemical reactions that allow plants to "eat" light.

October 20 – Reserved nature corners in schools

Information stands of Polistovsky Reserve appeared in schools of Pskov region.

For example, in schools of Bezhanitsy and Loknya, the staff of the environmental education department of Polistovsky Reserve placed brief information for pupils and teachers about activities, functions, as well as events and competitions held by the reserve.

October 19 – Aware of a bear!

According to the message of Rdeisky Reserve, a bear was seen near the ecotrail.

The ecotrail passes through a bog, so that the employees are ready to meet with a bear in the vicinity of berry-picking places.

October 9 — Travel for help

One of the finalists of the all-Russian photo contest "Travel for help" was a photo taken in Polistovsky Reserve.

Anastasia Onaverina, participant of the volunteer project by Russian Geographic Society, made a photo report about the work of reserve rangers.

September 28 - News of the Polistovsky Reserve Friends Club

Friends Club of Polistovsky Reserve in Khakasia.

From September 19 to 23, 2017, the Friends Club of Polistovsky Reserve took part in the International "Friends of Reserved Islands" Meeting . About 300 participants gathered in the Republic of Khakasia, there were schoolchildren and their mentors from more than 20 russian regions. Among the guests of the meeting were teachers and representatives of nature reserves and national parks of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

September 26 - Polistovsky Reserve participates in the World ecological Action

Schools of the Pskov region join the world action "We clean the world".

Employees of the environmental education department of Polistovsky Reserve throughout September conduct a series of open lessons and events timed to the action "We Clean the World", in schools of Bezhanitsky and Loknyansky districts, and also in Velikiye Luky.

October 3 - The Harvest Festival in Tsevlo village.

September 30 in Tsevlo was a traditional Harvest Festival. Locals took an active part in the preparation.

Within the framework of the celebration, there were an exhibition of vegetables and fruits, flower compositions and ikebana, children's handicrafts and homemade pickles. Specialists of Polistovsky Reserve organized an ecological and educational site for the visitors.

September 22 - The four-bladed stargazer

Rare mushroom was found in the vicinity of Polistovsky Reserve.

At the end of August, a fairly rare mushroom - Geastrum quadrifidum - was found by scientists and inspectors in the territory adjacent to the reserve.

September 22 - Seminar "Modern Trends in Environmental Education"

Polistovsky Reserve announces the beginning of accepting applications for participation in the seminar for specialists in the field of environmental education.

The seminar "Modern trends in environmental education", timed to the Year of Ecology and Specially Protected Natural Territories, will be held November 9-10 on the scientific and technical base of Polistovsky Reserve in Tsevlo village (Bezanitsky district, Pskov region).

September 18 - In Polistovsky Reserve, an eco-ethnographic contest of children's drawings was announced.

In the framework of the preventive program "The village is rich with kindness", Polistovsky Reserve together with the Village club of Tsevlo announces the launch of the contest "My motherland is rich with kindness". All persons at the age from 5 to 18 years are invited to participate.

The main objectives and tasks of the competition are the formation in children and teenagers an interest in studying the history, traditions of their land, as well as the education of patriotism and ecological culture.

To find out more about the position, nominations and requirements, please, follow the link.

The competition will last until October 20, 2017. The results will be published on the website of Polistovsky Reserve no later than November 1, 2017.

September 18 - The fungi inventory in Polistovsky Reserve. Part II.

In early September, a study of the fungi in Polistovsky Reserve was continued, the work was conducted under the guidance of a mycologist from Moscow Evgenia Pravdolubova. That time, two routes were planned in Loknyansky district.

The first route coincides with the ecological path "The way of mosses", excursions on which are available for tourists. Most often, on a route passing through a birch forest, a marsh and an old aspen forest, there were fly agarics, first of all, Amanita rubescens and a poisonous Amanita citrina.

September 13 - Polistovsky Reserve feeds Mordovia with "snowballs"

2000 guests visited the "Spotted Fest" in Mordovsky nature reserve.

August 31 - Fungi research in Polistovsky Reserve

This year mycologists from Moscow initiated the survey of forests in the protected area.

August 29 - The Day of Velikie Luki

Last weekend, employees of the reserve visited a festive event in the framework of the Day of Velikie Luki.

August 24 - Photoexhibition in railway stations

Visitors to the Pskov railway station will be able to "visit" protected lands of Polistovie.

August 22 - Young residents of Gogolevo visited "Beaver trail"

Employees of Polistovsky Reserve met children of Gogolevo with one of ecotrails.

August 21 - Anniversary of Loknya district and countryard games

The reserve with its friends took part in holidays of passing summer.

August 16 - The Reserve takes part in 2 Days of settlement

In the first half of August there are Days of two local settlements - Bezhanitsy and Krasny Luch.

August 14 - "Polistovsky Reserve-2017" half way's passed

Volunteers of the Russian Geographical Society told about the first week in Polistovsky Reserve.

August 10 - Infotour in Polistovsky Reserve

August 8 representatives of the tourist organizations of Pskov got acquainted with the visit-center and excursion programs of Polistovsky Reserve.

August 9 - Scientific experience exchange in Astrakhan

The staff of the scientific department of Polistovsky Reserve took part in the seminar on the exchange of experience for the scientific departments of PAs, organized by Astrakhan Biosphere Reserve.

August 4 - Radiological research in Polistovsky Reserve

During the period from July 24 to July 28, 2017, radiological investigations were carried out on the territory of Polistovsky Reserve. 

July 18 - In touch with nature

Polistovsky Reserve took part in "VK Fest".

July 11 - "Spring" of reserved Polistovie

"Spring-2017" for the third time gathered young naturalists on the shore of Tsevlo lake.

June 30 - Inventory of Polistovie mineral islands

Scientists collected materials describing the bog system of Polistovie.

June 27 - "Vacations in Polistovie": new members of Reserve Friends Club

From 20 to 25 June in Tsevlo village there was another series of activities for children in the framework of the project "Village is rich with kindness".

June 26 - Polistovie attracts animals and ecotourists

State inspectors equipped 2 salt feeders on the territory of Polistovsky Reserve near Gogolevo village.

June 20 - "Vacations in Polistovie" continue

Last week, the children's ecoeducative program "Vacations in Polistovie" hosted master classes on arts and crafts.

June 19 - Meeting in Gogolevo

On June 16, in Gogolevo village a meeting between the residents of and the staff of Polistovsky Reserve took place.

June 14 - Vacations in Polistovie

Since June 5 ecoeducative program for children began on the basis of the Tsevlo Village Club.

June 8 - Hydrological monitoring in Polistovie

Work on hydrological monitoring in Polistovsky Reserve is continuing.

June 7 - Start of the ecological contest "Your land"

Environmental initiatives of residents and guests of Pskov region will be rewarded.

June 6 - The Day of Ecology with Polistovsky Reserve

Polistovsky Reserve congratulated young library visitors on the Day of Ecology.

June 2 - Holiday for young residents of Bezhanitsy

Polistovsky Reserve took part in celebration of International Children's Day in Bezhanitsy.

On June 1 young families of Bezhanitsky district gathered for a holiday in Bezhanitsky park and in the cinema "Kvant". Here was held a solemn ceremony of awarding talented youth, a concert from Children's Art School students, street performances and games.

May 31 - Meteorological results of May

May turned out to be very contrast and unusual, it gave us snow and heat, as well as flowering of long-awaited herbaceous and woody plants.

May, like the previous month, this year turned out to be abnormally cool. All phenological and meteorological phenomena occur with a relative delay. The average monthly temperature in May was 10.1 ° C with a norm for this month 12 ° C. The weather made its adjustments to the plans of Polistovie inhabitants for the May holidays: it was unusual to celebrate May 1st at an average daily temperature of 3.6 ° C, and on May 9 snow completely covered the surface. That day became the coldest day in May: the average daily temperature was only 1.3 ° C. After the holidays, the temperature started to approach its usual annual marks and by the beginning of the third decade of the month reached its maximum: on May 20, the average daily air temperature reached 26.3 ° C, and the average temperature on that day was 17.1 ° C. This year May turned out to be contrast, the temperature amplitude was 16 ° C, which is quite unusual for the last month of spring.

May 29 - Students from Pskov meet Polistovie

From May 15 to 22 a group of PskovSU students had a practice in the territory of Polistovsky Reserve.

Students practice in Polistovsky Reserve annually. On Monday, May 15, a group of 3-year students of bio-ecology from the Pskov State University arrived at the reserve base in Tsevlo village. From May 15 to 22 19 students (the head of practice - the senior teacher of the Department of Botany and Ecology of Plants Mikhalap SG) got acquainted with the work of the reserve both in theory and in field classes.

May 23 - Pskov residents drew portraits of a dorhawk

On May 19 Pskov reserve museum in counteraction with Polistovsky reserve joined the international action "Museum night". From evening until midnight, the doors of the central building of the museum, the picture gallery, the Pogankin Chambers were opened for guests, and some interactive events were held in the open air in the museum yard.

The "Museum Night - 2017" started from the photo exhibition "Polistovsky birds" together with the winners of readers' contest dedicated to the Year of ecology in Russia. The director of the reserve museum, Yuri Kiselev, in his opening remark reminded of the importance to take care of the nature, drawing a parallel with the support of the cultural heritage as an "ecology of the soul".

March 3 - New souvenirs

Dear friends, we have good news for you!

Polistovsky Reserve updated the assortment of souvenirs. It's not all new items of the year, just some of them.

Firstly, we released series of new mugs - they are made in brand colors of the reserve, and each picture is handmade! Here are a charming little swamp predator sundew, pine and inhabitants of the water spaces - waders.

Secondly, a pleasant surprise for those who collects our magnets. We have released several new magnets that would introduce you to the avian inhabitants of the Polistovye.

February 28 - All-Russian nature reserve lessons

All-Russian nature reserve lesson in Pskov region.

Employees of the Department of environmental education and tourism continue to meet schoolchildren of the Pskov region with Russian system of protected areas and Polistovsky state nature reserve.

February 8 - VIII Galkin Readings

Employees of the scientific department of Polistovsky Reserve took part in the VIII Galkina Readings in St. Petersburg.

According to tradition, the Galkina readings are timed to the World Wetlands Day and are held in honor of E.A. Galkina, an outstanding swamp researcher, one of the pioneers in the study of bogs with help of aerial and space photography.

The themes of the VIII Galkin Readings covered a wide range of contemporary studies of bogs. The general attention was paid to the newest methods of marsh systems research: aerial photography, space photography, the use of 3D models in the study of wetlands, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (quadrocopters), the use of georadar profiling, etc. Also publications on the study of marshes with classical "terrestrial" methods were presented. The geography of the bogs was widely presented at the conference: marsh systems were considered from the Kaliningrad region and Belarus to Kamchatka, including the North-West of Russia, Volga region, Central Russia, Southern Ural, Western Siberia.

February 6 - IX scientific and practical conference

On February 3 in Bezhanitsy, there was held the 9th ecological holiday dedicated to the World Wetlands Day.

Traditionally, the festival is being held in the format of a scientific and practical conference and is organized by Polistovsky and Rdeisky Reserves.

Annually, starting from 2007, the event gathers young naturalists from Pskov and Novgorod regions. At the conference, participants share their knowledge and experience in environmental, scientific, research or environmental education activities. On the holiday, the staff of Rdeisky Reserve acquainted the children with the Polistovo-Lovatskaya bog system, the history of its study, unique properties and functions. Elena Perova, deputy director for environmental education and tourism of Polistovsky Reserve, spoke about the world's marshes, as well as the partner of the reserve, Store Mosse National Park, which protects the largest swamp in southern Sweden.

February 2 - Winter route accounting

The winter route record of the number of mammals in Polistovsky Reserve was completed.

In January, state inspectors of the reserve together with the theriologist Andrey V. Sapogov, an experienced specialist of Central-Siberian biosphere reserve, conducted measures to determine the number of species of mammals and birds in the reserve by the method of winter route accounting.

Such events repeat every year in the guard and reserve zone of two districts: Bezhanitsky and Loknyansky in order to determine the density of population and the number of mammals of Polistovsky Reserve. This year, at the time of accounting, the weather was good, and practically nothing prevented to pass routes, some of which lies in the swampy terrain and mixed forests. The average length of the route is approximately 12 kilometers, and 2 operational groups pass them on snowmobiles.

January 24 - IV Festival "Pervozdannaya Rossiya"

Polistovsky Reserve took part in the nature festival "Pervozdannaya Rossiya".

"A good taste prompted a good society that touching nature is the very last word of science, reason and common sense."

On January 20 in Moscow, in the Central House of Artists, the 4th photo exhibition "Pervozdannaya Rossiya" was opened. Exhibition is a large-scale event dedicated to the Year of ecology and the 100th anniversary of the Russian reserve system.

At the exhibition one can see unique collections of photos that leave vivid impression in the soul of everyone who is not indifferent to the beauty of remote and picturesque places of our country. The program of the festival includes educative scientific lectures, master classes, meetings with travelers and photographers, presentations of protected nature objects and films about wild places of our country.

January 19 - Opening of the winter snowmobile route

Ecological route on snowmobiles.

The winter affirmed in Polistovsky Reserve. Past snowfalls adorned everything around with fluffy white caps and finally gave us the opportunity to open our winter ecological route on snowmobiles!

Excursion passes through the protected area of the reserve and show the participants fantastic landscapes - forests wrapped in snow shawls, plains of snow-white fields and marshes, smooth icy surface of the frozen lake Tsevlo. The route duration can vary in agreement with the participants. Traveling on a snowmobile will allow participants to get acquainted with those places where it could be very difficult and sometimes impossible to get in a warm time. A pleasant end to the tour could be a tea party with fragrant herbal teas and village pies at a guesthouse in Tsevlo village.

January 10 - Photo exhibition "Polistovsky Bird"

On January 10 in the House of culture of the Lenin Komsomol in Velikiye Luky a photo exhibition "Polistovsky Bird" opened its doors.

The exposition presented the works of the famous Moscow photographer Andrian Kolotilin, who cooperated with the Polistovsky Reserve for a long time.

For two weeks of the photo exhibition, residents and guests of the city could meet closely feathered inhabitants of protected lands. Here one can see the black-throated diver, listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, the golden plover, a rare bird nesting in the most impenetrable parts of the reserve, a swan that built a cozy nest right on a swamp, and many other birds inhabiting Polistovie.

January 5 - New Year holidays for children

Activities on vacation for the children of Tsevlo village.

As we know, vacations are designed for recreation, but it could be different: for example, learning or participating in interesting activities, as did the guys from the camp "Rodnik".

December 18 - New Year's master class

On December 18, a creative master class "Alternative fir-tree" was held in the Bezhanitsy District Library.

Svetlana Nikitina, an employee of the Environmental Education Department of the Polistovsky Reserve, together with the craftsman Anna Alekseeva demonstrated to children and adults several options to create unusual Christmas trees from improvised materials such as napkins, threads and tinsel.

December 6 - Volunteer's Day in Bezhanitsy

On December 4, a festive event dedicated to the International Volunteer Day took place in Bezhanitsy.

The organizers of the festival were "Yunost" Youth Center and Polistovsky State Nature Reserve.

December 2 - Ecological classes in November

Lessons as a part of the campaign "Feed birds in winter".

During November in schools of the Pskov region, the environmental education department staff kept lessons on wintering birds. Lessons were held as a part of the "Tomtit Day" campaign.

During lessons, children listened with interest to amazing stories about birds that do not fly to warm regions, played themed quizzes and participated in making bullfinch origami. Employees of the reserve together with children discussed that winter is a difficult time for birds, and at this time of year they die more often not from cold but starve to death. As it turned out, children are actively involved in the life of the birds. They brought at classroom self-made bird feeders of improvised material, and then hung them out near their homes and on the school grounds.

November 28 - The Festival "Myths of the wetlands"

Last weekend the staff of Polistovsky Reserve visited the Festival "Myths of the wetlands", organized by the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. 

Participating in this event for the employees of the department of environmental education and tourism is a great opportunity to exchange experiences with colleagues. It is important that the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve is located on the territory of neighboring country and therefore it goes its own way of development, different from our Russian experience. But at the same time we have common history and Slavic culture, similarity of presented landscapes, that makes our cooperation particularly interesting. 

November 18 - Ecological action "Feed the birds in winter!"

Polistovsky Reserve invites everyone to join the All-Russian action "Feed the birds in the winter!" 

Winter is the most difficult time for the birds. Cold made insects to hide, seeds and berries are covered with the snow. Many of the birds migrate in autumn to other regions, where food is more plentiful, but some of them remain in their native places. 

November 15 - The competition "Appeal tourists to your place!"

On November 14, the Pskov Regional Universal Scientific Library hosted the final of the competition "Appeal tourists to your place!" 

This competition is held in the Pskov region for the first time, it is organized by the Regional State Committee for Culture. The purpose of the event is supporting of small areas of the Pskov region and the development of tourism activities in them. 

November 2 - The month of the animals of Red Data book finished

During all the October time in the schools and kindergartens of Pskov region the employees of Polistovo natural reserve environmental education department were holding seminars dedicated to The world day of animals’ protection.

This event goal was to give children the knowledge about the Red book and the reasons of animals and plants are being placed in this book. Also the children were taught how to carefully treat our nature.

7 September - Saving of hobby

Few days ago residents of the village Gogolevo found a Eurasian hobby, a small bird from family Falconidae. The hobby damaged wing and couldn’t fly. People asked the administration of Polistovsky Reserve to help the bird.

Reserve employees contacted the owner of the Ecopark "ZooGrad" Andrei B. Goloshchapov. He agreed to take the bird on the rehabilitation, but noted that the hobby will stay at the center for whole winter and probably for life, since without adequate rehabilitation program birds of prey quickly lose hunting skills.

1 September - The day of knowledge

September the 1st is not only the first day of autumn, but also it is the beginning of a new school year.

Today by the tradition a school assembly, devoted to the Day of Knowledge, was held in Bezhanitsy School. The head of Bezhanitsy district Sergej K. Mikheev and director of school Natalya L. Antonova congratulated pupils, their parents and teachers.

17 August - Meeting in Tsevlo

This week there was a meeting of employees of Polistovsky Reserve and residents of the village Tsevlo.

One of the reasons for the meeting was to acquaint residents with the new leadership of the reserve: Acting Director Igor E. Mikhailov and Deputy Director for environmental education and tourism Elena Perova.

August 16 - Day of the village Krasny Luch

Last weekend there was a celebration of The day of the village Krasny Luch, Bezhanitsy district. 

August 15 - The exhibition "Hello, School"

From 12 to 13 August the stadium "Mashinostroitel" hosted the exhibition "Hello, School" in the Pskov.
The event was organized in advance of the starting school year and suggests visitors the goods and services in the field of education and organization of leisure of students.

Polistovsky Reserve was also represented among the exhibitors. Employees of the department of environmental education and tourism told the visitors about the Reserve and the excursion opportunities for children and their parents. Also one could buy souvenirs with the reserve’s logo.

August 11 - Reconstruction of the trail "Plavnitskoe Bog"

Reconstruction of the trail "Plavnitskoe Bog"

The route "Plavnitskoe Bog" is a “flagship” for Polistovsky Reserve, it is very popular among visitors and introducing a variety of bogs, their unique features and inhabitants.

Previous boardwalk was made of wood, this is natural material and because of time and weather conditions it got out of order. New one is also wooden, but it was treated with a special agent that protects against environmental influences. Used antiseptic is safe for the environment. Also new boardwalk is wider and more comfortable for walking.

August 11 - Visit to Sebezhsky National Park

Visit to Sebezhsky National Park 

Employees of the Department of environmental education and ecological tourism of Polistovsky Reserve visited Sebezhsky National Park in order of sharing experience.

Despite the fact that the trip took only one day our employees have received a lot of interesting information and bright impressions. Irina Tsvetkova, Deputy Director of the department of environmental education of the National Park "Sebezhsky", gave a tour into the heart of the old city Sebezh, to the beauty sights and on the shore of Lake Sebezhskoye, from where one can see the historic city center.

August 5 - Ships of all flags will come to us...

Ships of all flags will come to us... 

On August 3rd the first international meeting dedicated to eco-camp “Holidays in Polistovie” was run!
The volunteers from Belorussia, Ireland, Volgograd region and Moscow region came to visit children in Tsevlo. Together they will learn English, play sport and touristic games, practice photo-shooting.

For international team the introduction of Polistovskiy area traditionally began with visiting of ecological trail “Plavnitskoyeboloto”. They were truly amazed by beauty of Natural Reserve. Some of them saw for the first time how bluberry and cranberry grow. Everyone was amazed by stunning view of swamp and got unforgettable memories of this trip among the silent kingdom of sphagnum mossand swamp pines.

August 2 - Photo exhibition “Polistovsky birds” in Sebezh town

Photo exhibition “Polistovsky birds” in Sebezh town

Photo exhibition was launched in Sebezh local cultural center (the address is 21A building, 7 Noyabrya street. The exhibition is dedicated to the birds of Polistovskiy National Reserve. More than 20 works of famous photographer, AndrianKolotilin, are available for visitors until mid-August.

There are more than 200 types of birds living on the Polistovskiy National Nature Reserve territory. Thebirdsnesthere, hatching and feeding themselves on the local rivers banks. You can see a lot of them during excursions in Natural Reserve. There are some very rare species that are in the Red book of Russia: predator osprey, black stork, white-tailed eagle, curlew and many others.

July 25 – The Day of Pskov city

ThegloriousPskovcityturned 1113 on July 23!

Polistovsky National Nature Reserve employees organized special area where every visitor could try Tsevelskie pies made by grannies as well as herbal tea from Polistovo. Besides, theecologicalgamesforchildrenandadultswereorganized. ThevisitorscouldbuysomesouvenirsaswellaslearnaboutthelargestinEuropePolistovo-Lovatskaya wetland system and its functions. Also visitors were introduced the information regarding excursions to the Polistovskiy National Reserve.

July 21 – Summer school – expedition

Summer school – expedition NaturaЛИСТ launched in Polistovskiy Reserve.

All June the hard work was on going on Polistovskiy Natural Reserve scientificbase. Scientific-educational project NaturaЛИСТlaunchedSummerschool – expeditionforabout 100 Moscowprimary school students. Fourshiftsoflittle «scientists» completed serious individual and group projects.

29 July - The second group of volunteers arrived.

On 18th of July, the second group of volunteers came into Polistovsky Reserve.

This group, as previous, consisted only of women that set thinking why young men are not eager to become the volunteers... So, let’s call our heroines. There are master's graduate of the Russian State Agrarian University Maria Prokhorova and Lubov’ Sharapova and 3rd year student of biological faculty of Moscow State University Varvara Dikaya and Anastasia Medvedeva.

Last year the weather did not allow to complete botanical description and enumeration of undergrowth on pyrogenic areas laid down on burns of 2002. Therefore, it was necessary to finish the job this year. Maria Prokhorova tells about volunteers’ help to the scientific department of the reserve and her impression of this work: "We arrived in Polistovsky reserve, edge of lakes and bogs, for geobotanical descriptions on pyrogenic areas. We admire the beauty of this region, the goodwill of local residents and Reserve employees. We went by the motor boats from the village Tsevlo to the village Ruchi.

May 25 - Polistovsky Reserve is 22!

Polistovsky Reserve is 22, hurray!

Today, on the 25th of May Polistovsky Reserve celebrates its 22nd birthday!

Recall that Polistovsky Reserve was created according to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation №527 of 25 May 1994 in order to preserve and study the unique natural complexes of Polistovo-Lovatskaya raised bog system, rare and endangered species of animals and plants.

PS: congratulations are welcome ;)

May 23 - Bird accounting: bog biodiversity

Bird accounting: bog biodiversity

Last week accountings of bog birds were held in Polistovsky Reserve - it's an annual monitoring, which began in 2012. This year ornithologist Oksana Shemyakina carried out accountings with a help of students from Pskov State University passing training practice in the Reserve. During the monitoring they not only got acquainted with the work of the scientific department of the Reserve, but also were lucky to meet some interesting findings.

May 20 - Visit of the colleagues from Sweden

From the 16th to the 19th of May colleagues from Sweden visited Polistovsky Reserve to exchange experiences in the framework of Russian-Swedish cooperation in the field of environmental conservation

This week Polistovsky Reserve was visited by the representatives of two national parks of Southern Sweden: "Store Mosse" and "Asnen", as well as representatives of County Administrative Board of Jönköping working with protected areas, and Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier, in the autumn of 2015, Polistovsky Reserve employees also visited Sweden in the framework of experience exchange program and received a lot of useful information on the design of naturums, organization of work with volunteers and about a program of research and monitoring on protected areas.

More Articles...

  1. May 20 - All-Russian children's enviromnental festival
  2. About "Polistovsky Reserve Friends Club"
  3. May 18 - Students practice in Polistovsky
  4. May 16 - Seminar on the cooperation with the local community
  5. May 15 - "March of Parks - 2016": planting shrubs
  6. May 13 - "We clean the world" action
  7. May 11 - Biotechnical measures in Polistovsky
  8. May 5 - Free Polistovsky excursions for schoolchildren
  9. April 28 - Community work days in Tsevlo
  10. April 28 - Bird accounting in Polistovsky
  11. April 27 - Polistovsky archaeology
  12. April 26 - "Journey to Polistoviye" contest
  13. April 21 - Russian PAs are preparing for fire season
  14. April 20 - Moose counting in Polistovsky
  15. April 19 - Let's stop spring fires!
  16. April 18 - Time to rest in Russia: Polistovsky Reserve
  17. April 13 - Migratory bird lessons for schoolchildren
  18. April 11 - Research of productivity of sphagnum moss
  19. April 8 - Dried grass burnings - is it worth risking?
  20. April 7 - Polistovsky lessons about migratory birds
  21. April 6 - Polistovsky at "Training courses for tour guides"
  22. April 6 - Experience exchange: press service
  23. April 6 - Meeting at Ecological & biological center
  24. April 5 – Opinion poll in Loknyansky district
  25. April 1 - International Bird Day in Russia
  26. March 30 - Excellent spring holidays in “Rodnik”
  27. March 24 - Do not hurry to pick primroses!
  28. March 24 - Fruitful cooperation with volunteers
  29. March 19 - Gift from the colleagues from Belarus
  30. March 18 - Polistovsky joins Earth Hour action
  31. March 16 - Visit to Smolensk Lakeland wetland centre
  32. March 14 - Russian-Swedish cooperation
  33. March 11 - All-Russian ecological children's festival
  34. March 9 - Winter Route Census
  35. March 2 - Polistovsky joined WLI
  36. February 29 - Winning "Narodnoe Priznanie - 2015"
  37. February 29 - Children's scientific-practical conference
  38. February 25 - "Rodnik" in Polistovsky Reserve
  39. February 24 - Board of Directors of the Association
  40. February 24 - Wetland lessons in schools
  41. February 9 - Polistovsky manga in "A&F" newspaper
  42. February 2 - World Wetlands Day
  43. January 28 - Children wrote letters to Polistovsky
  44. January 27 - Tourist exhibition "Russia-travel area"
  45. January 25 - Voices of Polistovsky inhabitants
  46. January 18 - Cooperation with Media-holding
  47. January 11 - Day of National Parks and Reserves
  48. January 11- Winter program "Rodnik"
  49. January 8 - Working meeting in Tsevlo
  50. December 24 - Master class on soap making
  51. December 21 - "Save the green spruce!"
  52. December 16 - Cooperation with St. Petersburg
  53. December 8 - International Volunteer Day
  54. December 4 - Buffer zone is officially restored
  55. December 1 - Channel "Living Planet"
  56. November 25 - "Feed the birds in winter!"
  57. November 25 - Hunting in the buffer zone
  58. November 24 - "Polistovsky Reserve's Day"
  59. November 20 - New Polistovsky car
  60. November 19 - Buffer zone is recovered
  61. November 18 - Internet conference
  62. November 18 - Contest "They must live!"
  63. November 17 - Guests from St. Petersburg
  64. November 13 - Reestablishment of the buffer zone
  65. November 13 - Prohibition on dried grass burning
  66. November 11 - Friends of Protected Islands
  67. November 10 - Bikin national park
  68. October 29 - Stabilization of the saiga population
  69. November 5 - Cranberry monitoring
  70. October 29 - Monitoring of rodents
  71. October 28 - Saiga antelope is in danger
  72. October 27 - Russian-Swedish cooperation
  73. October 23 - Rescue of the Ural owl - 2
  74. October 21 - Meeting in Gogolevo
  75. October 20 - Meeting in Tsevlo
  76. October 21 - Master class «Guardian Angel»
  77. October 19 - An unified database
  78. October 16 - Rescue of the Ural owl
  79. October 15 - Trade fair of travel services
  80. October 14 - Day of nature conservation workers
  81. October 7 - Wetland seminar
  82. October 7 - Photo and video monitoring
  83. October 7 - Board of directors (day 3)
  84. October 6 - Interview of directors on «OTV-Prim»
  85. October 6 - Board of directors (day 2)
  86. October 5 - Board of directors started today
  87. October 5 - World Animal Day
  88. October 5 - «Zapovednaya Russia» alley
  89. October 2 - Board of Directors of the Association
  90. October 1 - Announcement of Directors' Meeting
  91. October 1 - Master-class for local pupils
  92. September 29 - «Clean Up the World!»
  93. September 26 - All-Russian seminar on eco-education
  94. September 25 - Red Book Lichen in Polistovsky
  95. September 24 - Museum of Nature in Central Forest
  96. September 23 - The Beaver's Feast
  97. September 23 - Reforestation in Russia
  98. September 21 - Botanical descriptions in Obolon'e
  99. September 21 - All-Russian meeting of PAs directors
  100. September 16 - Bog water level loggers

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