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About the reserve
- Territory
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Fauna

  • Sand lizard, photo by Korshunova

  • Photo by Korshunova

  • Photo by Korshunova

  • Photo by Korshunova

  • Photo by Korshunova

  • Photo by Korshunova

  • Photo by Korshunova

  • Parnassian, photo by Korshunova

  • Squirrel, photo by Korshunova

  • European beaver, photo by Korshunova

  • Beaver dam in the spring, photo by Korshunova

  • Great grey owl, photo by Levashkin

  • Wood grouse, photo by Korshunova

  • Peacock butterfly, photo by Bakka

  • Blue hare, photo by Korshunova

  • Blue hare, photo by Korshunova

  • Common kingfisher, photo by Korshunova

  • Kinglet, photo by Korshunova

  • Mute swans in the Kerzhenets River, photo by Korshunova

  • Red fox, photo by Korshunova

  • Red fox, photo by Korshunova

  • Pool frog, photo by Korshunova

  • European honey buzzard, photo by Korshunova

  • European hedgehog, photo by Korshunova

  • Boreal owl, photo by Korshunova

  • Smooth snake, photo by Korshunova

  • By 2019, more than 2100 species of arthropods, 1 species of cyclostomes, 23 species of fish, 8 species of amphibians, 6 species of reptiles, about 190 species of birds, 49 species of mammals have been registered in the reserve, including its protective zone, and in the town of Rustai. In total, there are 102 species of animals listed in the Red Books of Russia and the Nizhny Novgorod region.

    ...According to the zoogeographical zoning, the Nizhny Novgorod Trans-Volga region is a part of the boreal forest subarea of the Palaearctic. At the same time, the territory of the Kerzhensky Nature Reserve is located at the junction of two provinces of this subarea which are taiga and mixed forests. The taiga province is represented by fauna elements of the East European region of the Western taiga district. he province of mixed forests is represented by elements of fauna of the Central European district.

    ... According to the zoogeographical zoning of the Nizhny Novgorod region, the territory of the reserve belongs to the South Trans-Volga region. Due to the fact that competition between forest and steppe is common in the Nizhny Novgorod Trans-Volga region, it is possible that fauna elements of the transitional forest steppe zone belonging to the European forest steppe district of the Trans-Volga forest steppe region may enter the boreal forest subarea.

    ...During the Ice Age, ice sheet covered the most part of the European part of Russia, so the settlement of the Nizhny Novgorod region began only after it was released from the glacier, and there were probably three main ways to settle:

    1. From the east, due to the settlement to the west of such species of taiga fauna of Eastern Siberia as northern red-backed vole, reindeer, wolverine, chipmunk, flying squirrel.

    2. From the west, coming from the province of temperate broad-leaf forests. In the post-glacial time, temperate broad-leaf forests preserved in Western Europe during the whole Ice Age began to move from the west to the ice-free territory of Eastern Europe towards taiga species. They were followed by mammals inherent in these forests, such as pine marten, stone marten, forest polecat, mink, yellow-necked mouse, field mouse, forest dormouse, garden dormouse, fat dormouse, wild boar.

    3. From the south and southwest, coming from forest steppe areas and mixed forest areas. This is where from creatures from the open steppe areas began to enter the territory of the forest Trans-Volga region, and logging and fires provided additional opportunities for such forest steppe species as common hedgehog, common vole, and striped field mouse to settle there.

    ...It is significant that the fauna of taiga mammals and mixed forests has a long list of common creatures, which are equally widespread in both provinces of the boreal forest subarea, such as common shrew, pygmy shrew, mole, brown bear, wolf, fox, badger, stoat, least weasel, field vole, squirrel, and elk.

    ...A number of insect species listed in the Red Books of Russia and the Nizhny Novgorod Region also live in the reserve, such as apollo butterfly (see photo above), black apollo, rite swallowtail, emperor, common yellow swallowtail, large carder bee, Bombus schrenсki.

    ...By 2018, more than 2100 species of arthropods, 1 species of cyclostomes, 23 species of fish, 8 species of amphibians, 6 species of reptiles, 186 species of birds, 47 species of mammals had been registered in the reserve, including its protective zone, and in the town of Rustai. In total, there are 102 species of animals listed in the Red Books of Russia and the Nizhny Novgorod region.

    Annotated list of vertebrate animals of the Kerzhensky Nature Reserve by Bakka, Kiseleva, Odrova. View/download 

    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