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Oksky or Oka Nature Reserve

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Description of Oksky or Oka Nature Reserve

Oksky or Oka Nature Reserve is a biosphere reserve in Russia. The reserve is located in Spassky, Klepikovsky and Kasimovsky districts of the Ryazan region in the southeastern part of the Meshchersky lowland. The main part of the reserve is located on the left bank of the river Pra. The reserve also includes the rivers Lamsha and Black. The site of the widest floodplain of the Oka abounding in floodplain lakes, included in the protected zone of the reserve. The central manor of the reserve is located in the village of Brykin Bor.

Borders of the Oka Reserve with the allocation of zones
The reserve area is 56 027 ha, including:
forest - 50 461.5 ha,
marshes - 2,539.5 ha,
open and dry lands - 2,089.4 ha,
lakes and rivers - 637.6 ha.
Around the reserve there is a security zone of 23,669 hectares.

Since September 13, 1994, the “Floodplain sections of the Pra and the Oka rivers” of the reserve have the status of wetlands of international importance. 06/24/1986. The Oka Reserve is recognized by the World Network of UNESCO "Man and the Biosphere" (MAB) to meet the requirements for biosphere reserves. In 2000, the reserve is classified as a key ornithological territory of international importance.

The reserve is characterized by a temperate continental climate. The average annual air temperature is 4.2 °. The average annual rainfall is 534 mm.

 

 

 

As a strict nature reserve, the Oka Reserve is mostly closed to the general public, although scientists and those with 'environmental education' purposes can make arrangements with park management for visits. Tourists are welcome in Birkin forest buffer area. There are also a number of 'ecotourist' routes open to the public; these require permits to be obtained in advance. The local office is in the village of Birkin Bor.

 

 

 


 

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Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

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