Lower Smotrych River

Lower Smotrych River
Lower Smotrych River

Lower Smotrych River

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  • Area: 
    1,480 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    48°36'N 26°36'E
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The Site on the lower reaches of the Smotrych river encompasses narrow canyons, floodplains and riverbanks leading to the confluence with the River Dniester. The combination of habitats provides a refuge for threatened species such as the black-bellied hamster (Cricetus cricetus), the great capricorn beetle (Cerambyx cerdo) and the common pochard (Aythya ferina). The Site is also crucial for the reproduction of rare species of fish and birds, most notably the nationally endangered Black Sea roach (Rutilus frisii) and western osprey (Pandion haliaetus). The Site is a focus of nature conservation activities and scientific research; it is also used for forestry, cattle grazing, haymaking, sport fishing and other recreational activities. The combination of biodiversity and cultural and historic monuments make the area particularly interesting for visitors. The biggest threat is climate change: an increase in temperature and summer droughts already affect the area.

Administrative region: 
Kamianets-Podilskyi District, Khmelnytskyi Region

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park - Podilski Tovtry
    • botanical reserve of national importance - Panovetska Dacha
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