Yesterday, the Kharkiv regional council deputies adopted a decision to create a new Synychynsky wildlife reserve in Izium district, Kharkiv region.
Eleven threatened animal species, included in the European International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, 31 species from the Red List of Ukraine and 48 threatened species of the Kharkiv region will be protected within a new nature park.
Bonfires and haymaking are to be banned in the area to protect rare plants. The estimated reserve area is about 286 hectares.
The project to form the reserve had been filed by the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration.
Floodplain forests, high-grass and sedge marshes, oak and ash forests which are 90 to 120 years old, fragments of Cretaceous and sandy steppes are located in the Synychynsky area.
The report says that the landscape park purpose is to protect the natural floodplain wetland complex.
Previously, the natural reserve fund of the Kharkiv region included 242 natural reserves having the total area of 74,151 hectares.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: IUCN Red List of Ukraine, wikimedia.org