Black grouses in the swamp, photo by Korshunova
Peat moss bog, photo by Korshunova
Pinery with green mosses, photo by Urbanaviciute
The Kerzhenets River
Reserve is a specially protected natural area of federal significance. Any activity that may cause damage to ecosystems and to flora and fauna is prohibited here.
The Kerzhensky Reserve, the first and so far the only one in the Nizhny Novgorod region, was established on April 23, 1993. It has an area of 469 square kilometers and is located 55 km north-east of Nizhny Novgorod on the left bank of the Kerzhenets River, a tributary of the Volga River.
The territory of the reserve is a part of the Kamskoye-Bakaldinskoye group of bogs which are wetlands of international importance. It is the largest wetland in the centre of European Russia and a key ornithological area of global importance.
As part of the UNESCO programme, in 2002 the Kerzhensky Reserve was granted the status of a biosphere reserve and became the core of the Nizhny Novgorod Trans-Volga Region biosphere reserve.