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Urochyshche “Pavlivshchyna” (“Pavlivshchyna” Isolated Terrain)

Rivne Regional Council according to its Decision dated May 27, 2005, No.584 granted the forest reserve status to the area aiming to preserve the part of the forested area with various plantations of natural and artificial origin. The State Enterprise “Klevan Forestry” manages the object (Reshutsk Forestry, sq. 51). The total area is 131 hectares.

Status:

Forest reserve of local significance.

Location:

Rivne Oblast, Rivne Raion, Shpaniv Territorial Community (Hromada), northward of Shpaniv village.

Coordinates:

50.67829, 26.24079

Travel Distance to the City of Rivne by Road:

9,9 km

Description:

Such trees as Quercus robur (commonly known as common oak), as well as Betula pendula (commonly known as silver birch), Carpinus betulus (i.e. the European or common hornbeam), Acer platanoides (commonly known as the Norway maple), Populus tremula (commonly called aspen), European beech or common beech, and Pinus sylvestris (European red pine) grow on the territory of the “Pavlivshchyna” Isolated Terrain. Whereas in an oak forest one can also find Populus alba (commonly called silver poplar), Populus canadensis (known as Canadian poplar or Carolina poplar), Carpinus betulus (i.e. the European or common hornbeam), Acer platanoides (commonly known as the Norway maple), Tilia cordata (i.e. the small-leaved lime or small-leaved linden), and Picea abies (also called European spruce).

The participants of the Ecological Centre of the Rivne City Palace of Children and Youth added the “Vikovi duby” (“Age-Long Oaks”) sightseeing spot located on the territory of “Pavlivshchyna” Isolated Terrain to the future ecological route. Environmentalists have found that about 70 age-long trees belonging the species of Quercus robur (commonly known as common oak), aged from 250 to 400 years, grow in the forest. Most trees have dry branches and need treatment.

At the “Kreidianyi skhyl” (“Chalk Slope”) sightseeing spot travellers will be able to see 21 species of plants that are in the “Red List of the Regionally Rare Plants of Rivne Oblast”. Considering the grass cover one can see that such plants as Aegopodium podagraria (commonly called ground elder), Asarum europaeum (commonly known as asarabacca or European wild ginger), Lamium galeobdolon (commonly known as yellow archangel or artillery plant), Milium effusum (i.e. the American milletgrass or wood millet), Viola mirabilis and Viola reichenbachiana (i.e. the early dog-violet or pale wood violet) dominate in the area. There are also species listed in the Red Data Book of Ukraine, an official national red list of the threatened animals, plants and fungi that are protected by the law in Ukraine, particularly: Epipactis helleborine (the broad-leaved helleborine) and Neottia nidus-avis (the bird’s-nest orchid). In the understorey one can find Sambucus nigra (i.e. black or European elder), Cornus sanguinea (i.e. the common dogwood or bloody dogwood), Euonymus verrucosus.

A visitor can see such animals as European hare, fox, European pine marten (Martes martes, also known as the pine marten or the European marten), the red squirrel or Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), the northern white-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus), wild boar, and badger (listed in the Red Data Book of Ukraine, an official national red list of the threatened animals, plants and fungi that are protected by the law in Ukraine). Garrulus (i.e. jays), nuthatch, dendrocopos, tawny owl or brown owl, common buzzard, as well as passerine (different birds of the order Passeriformes) are the most common birds in the area. There are also amphibians, reptiles and other classes in the reserve.

Source: Hryshchenko, Yu. M. (2008). Pryrodno-zapovidnyi fond Rivnenskoi oblasti [Nature Reserve Fund of Rivne Oblast] Volynski Oberehy, Rivne (in Ukrainian).

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