Olmany Mires Zakaznik

Olmany mires

Olmany Mires Zakaznik

  • Country: 
    Belarus
  • Site number: 
    1091
  • Area: 
    94,219 ha
  • Designation date: 
    10-08-2001
  • Coordinates: 
    51°48'N 27°21'E
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Overview

Olmany Mires Zakaznik is one of Europe’s largest natural complexes of bogs and transitional mires and is the largest natural swamp of its type in the Pripyat Polesie region. It borders Ukraine in the South and is located between the Lva and Stviga rivers. The Site is particularly important for nesting and migrating waterbirds, and supports more than 1% of the European population of the globally threatened greater spotted eagle Aquila clanga. The mires play a crucial role in the hydrological regime of the Pripyat River; their sparse population and limited accessibility have contributed to the Site’s functional integrity and the rich flora and fauna. The Site is in a military aviation training area; the military activities have reportedly not caused any degradation of natural communities but have helped to preserve the Site’s natural characteristics by limiting other activities. Nonetheless, the Site has been used as the reference area for a study of the consequences of man-induced transformation of natural environments. People use the Site for gathering berries and mushrooms and for recreational fishing. The main threats to its ecological character relate to the burning of vegetation on mires, logging, the unlimited collection of cranberries and the unlimited hunting of wild animals. A site-specific management plan is in place and the implementation of priority management activities is planned for 2018-2020.

Transboundary designation: 

Together with Perebrody Peatlands Ramsar Site in Ukraine (Site no.1402), Olmany Mires Zakaznik Ramsar Site is part of the Olmany - Perebrody Mires Transboundary Ramsar Site established in 2015.

Administrative region: 
Brest Region/Stolin District

  • National legal designation: 
    • National landscape
  • Last publication date: 
    13-07-2016

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