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Conservation Facts

Population: 46.4 million
Total Area: 603.700 km2
Population density: 76 per km2
Protected Area: 3.9%
National Parks: 10
Largest Nature reserve: Carpathian National Park 503 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

Grzegorz Lesniewski

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Ukraine is home to three very different globally recognised spots for biodiversity: the Crimean Peninsula, the Danube delta and lakes and the Carpathian forests, all of them among the crown jewels of our European Natural heritage. From brown bears to wolves and lynx in the Carpathians, Pelicans, migrating waterfowl and the endangered European mink in the delta of the Danube to the feather-grass steppe and juniper forests along the Crimea nature in the 2nd largest country of Europe deserves to be explored much more!

We commissioned Polish photographer Grzegorz Lesniewski to explore the Crimean peninsula, bounded by the Black and Azov Seas, and its variety of habitats and species. He found an abundance of photographic subjects in and around the Bagerova steppe, although he was there quite late in the year: elegant Demoiselle cranes and strange-looking glass lizards, Red-footed falcon and bee-eater colonies, cute spotted sousliks and the rolling hills of moving stipa grass.
Close-by is one of the oldest nature reserves in Europe is Askania Nova, founded in 1919 by Friedrich Falz-Fein, a descendant of German settlers in the area, which now preserves some of the last pristine steppe areas in the country with many botanic rarities and bird species that attract ornithologists from around the globe. It became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1984.
Another one of the older reserves is Chornomors'kyi Biosphere Reserve, established in 1927. Its habitats are vital for the protection of migrating and nesting birds. More than 305 bird species have been counted during breeding, or migrating and molting on the vast coastal areas of the reserve.
At the Black Sea coast lies Karadag reserve, famous for its spectacular scenery with cliffs of ancient 150 million year old Jurassic stone dropping more than 500 m straight down into the Sea.

After attaining independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 several new nature reserves and National Parks were created.

Cape Martyan Reserve was created in 1993 not far from the city of Yalta, where in 1945 Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt designed a new Europe. On 240 hectares visitors can find stunningly old juniper and oak trees, the majority of which 200-300 years old, but some of them even 600 years and older.
Desnyano-Starogutskyi National Park exists since 1999 and forms part of an Ukrainian-Russian biosphere reserve with the Bryansk and Old Rus forests on the Russian side. 700 vascular plant species have been recorded in the park.
Since 1996 there is Podil'ski Tovtry National Park. Here the botanical variety is even higher with more than 1.700 plant species found in the park.