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About the reserve
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Environmental conditions

  • Peat moss bog, photo by Korshunova

  • The Kerzhenets River

  • Dawn in the Vishenskoye bog, photo by Korshunova

  • Windflower (Pulsatilla patens), photo by Korshunova

  • Floodplain lake, photo by Urbanaviciute

  • Floodplain lake, photo by Korshunova

  • The floodplain of the Chernaya River, photo by Korshunova

  • The floodplain of the Kerzhenets River, photo by Korshunova

  • Ant hill in spruce forest, photo by Korshunova

  • The Kerzhenets River, photo by Korshunova

  • The Kerzhenets River

  • Spruce forest, photo by Korshunova

  • Spruce forest, photo by Korshunova

  • The Vishenskoye bog in the spring, photo by Korshunova

  • The Vishenskoye bog, photo by Korshunova

  • Photo by Korshunova

  • Grouse courtship, photo by Korshunova

  • Mixed coniferous-broad-leaf forest in the floodplain of the Kerzhenets River, photo by Korshunova

  • The reserve is located in the South Trans-Volga region. This region is a sandy flatland with swampy lowlands and dunes, the reign of pine forests and swamps.

    The river system of the reserve is formed by the Kerzhenets River, along which the western boundary of the reserve goes, and its left tributaries. All the lakes in the reserve are floodplain lakes and dead arms of the Kerzhenets River. The largest tributaries of the Kerzhenets River are the Bolshaya and Malaya Chernaya Rivers, the Vishnya River, and the Pugay River.

    More than 30 peat bogs with a total area of about 4 thousand hectares have been preserved in the wild in the Kerzhensky Reserve, which are part of the Kamskoye-Bakaldinskoye group of bogs of international importance.

    ...According to the physiographical zoning, the reserve is located in the Volga-Kerzhenets lowland forest area on the border of the southern boreal coniferous forest subzone and the mixed coniferous-broad-leaf forest subzone (temperate forest zone of the Russian Plain).

    ... The reserve is located in the South Trans-Volga region. The landscape of this region is generally a flat lowland with sand dunes, hillocks and ridges. There are also ancient planting troughs, hollows and cavities. The terrain features smooth relief, widespread accumulation land-forms, weak erosive-denudation processes, and low neotectonic activity.

    ...The territory of the reserve is one of the few areas of the Nizhny Novgorod Region where large peat bogs have been preserved in the wild (for more details, see "Hydrology" and "Flora" sections). They are a part of peat deposits in the Vyatka-Kama peat-boggy area, which allows to examine them in the area of the reserve as a reference for this natural zone.

    ...Most of the peat bogs in the reserve are located in the area of thick water-bearing sand deposits which underlay the peat deposit over the whole area of the bogs.

    ...8 deposits of peat, 1 deposit of molding sand and 1 deposit of brick clay have been discovered in the reserve.

    ...This is the main features of the geomorphological image of the study area, which is a Middle Quaternary depositional, slightly hilly, ridge, outwash plain, a typical segment of the Nizhny Novgorod forest area of the trans-Volga region.

    ...The formation of the landscape structure of the considered area is largely connected with the activity of the glacier and its melt waters. The activity of the glacier in the study area was probably erosive, since there are no basal moraine deposits here. Traces of glaciation are represented by scattering of boulders and pebbles.

    ...Most of the reserve is a flat sandy plain with sandy hills and ridges alternating with large areas of bogs. The plain is formed on fluvioglacial sediment. The outwash relief here is superimposed on a relatively flat area of the ancient alluvial sandy lowland, hence its smoothness and flatness. A small part of the territory in the south-west of the reserve along the Pugay River belongs to the alluvial-fluvioglacial plain (outwash valley) of the Volga River.  

    ...The landscape structure of alluvial-fluvioglacial and outwash plains is very similar. The main features of the relief of these plains are light compartmentalization, sparse, shallow network of river valleys, and the vast area processed by aeolian processes and bog formation. The land subsidence, flat relief with low slopes and shallow groundwater occurrence contribute to the waterlogging.

    Ecocenter and Directorate
    In Nizhniy Novgorod

    603001, Nizhny Novgorod,

    st. Rozhdestvenskaya, d. 23,
    Reserve "Kerzhensky"

    work time: 9: 30-17: 30
    Mon-Fri.,
    Closed Sat.- Sun.

    (831) 431-30-56, 431-31-91

    kerzhenskiy@kerzhenskiy.ru

    Parent Organization –
    Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia

    Ecocenter
    in the village Rustay

    606491, Nizhny Novgorod region.,

    pos. Rustay GO Bor
    st. Oktyabrskaya, d.17

    in the summer every day 9: 00-17: 00,
    winter 10: 00-15: 00
    Mon-Fri.,
    Sat-Sun - in advance. applications.

    Scientific Department:
    (83159) 3-92-32
    Accounting:
    (83159) 3-92-30
    Environmental education
    +79200772831

    The base of protection
    in the village Rustay

    606491, Nizhny Novgorod region.,

    pos. Rustay GO Bor
    st. Yubileinaya, d. 7

    Report emergency:
    +7 930 80 89 271
       (round the clock)

    (83159) 3-91-96