Dragonflies and Butterflies of Belarusian Paazerie
Northern Belarus Lake district
available from June, 1 to July, 30 each year
DAY 1: Transfer from Minsk airport to Čyrvony Bor reserve, the very North of Belarus
Čyrvony Bor reserve is one of the wildest and pristine areas of Belarus. The reserve’s territory is a unique landscape with several dozen lakes, multiple low-lying wetland areas, raised bogs, kames, rolling hills and ridges. The flora and fauna has features typical of several natural zones – the Tundra, the Taiga, and Deciduous Forests.
DAY 2: Raised Peat Bog Bol’shoj Moh and surroundings
We will visit one of the biggest Belarusian raised bogs, called Bol’shoj Moh (Big Moss). There are two oligotrophic lakes and the complex of swampy hollows between ridges on it which are surrounded by coniferous forest. This type of the habitat is suitable for such dragonflies as Northern Damselfly, Sedgling, Bog Hawker, Siberian Hawker, Eurasian Baskettail, Eastern White-faced Darter, as well as Norfolk Damselfly, Northern Emerald, White-faced Darter. The butterflies Moorland Clouded Yellow, Bog Fritillary, Baltic Grayling and Scarce Heath are common here and often can be seen in sunny weather. The edges of the bog, overgrowth with bushes, and woodland clearings nearby are good to watch Chestnut Heath and Northern Chequered Skipper.
DAY 3: Lakes of Čyrvony Bor and Asvejski reserves
The Belarusian Paazerje is also called Lake Area due to hundreds of lakes of different types presented here. Eutrophic lakes with a big mass of reeds and bushes on bankside are the place of residence for such dragonflies as Siberian Winter Damsel, Green-eyed Hawker, Lesser Emperor, Northern White-faced Darter as well as Brown Hawker, Moorland Hawker, Blue Emperor. The lakes with water-soldier are suitable for Green Hawker and Dainty White-faced Darter. During the day we are going to investigate up to 10 lakes, including Asvejskae, the second largest lake in Belarus. The butterflies Large Copper, Nickerl’s Fritillary and Woodland Brown are often found on adjacent meadows and woodland clearings.
DAY 4: Drysa and Zahodnyaya Dzvina rivers, Glubokoe-Bol’shoe Ostrovito reserve
This day we will search for dragonflies and butterflies along the banks of big rivers Drysa and Zahodnyaya Dzvina, also at some marshy lakes of Glubokoe-Bol’shoe Ostrovito reserve. The following species are most expected here: Arctic Bluet, Green Snaketail, Small Pincertail, Large White-faced Darter as well as Irish Damselfly, Blue Featherleg, Hairy Hawker and butterflies like Cranberry Blue, Large Chequered Skipper.
DAY 5: Transfer from Polack to Minsk airport
Possible birds: Short-toed Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Osprey, Hobby, Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Three-toed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Hazel Grouse, Citrine Wagtail, Greenish Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Blyth’s Reed Warbler
Possible mammals: European Bison, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Elk
Overnight: in Sasnovy Bor village and Polack town
Short city tours through Polack and Minsk can be included in the tour, depending on the group priorities and the arrival and departure time.
Polack, the oldest Belarusian town and one of the oldest ones of the Eastern Slavs, was long an important cultural, political, commercial and Chistian centre in the region. Full of historical buildings and dominated by the famous Cathedral of Saint Sophia and the Convent of Saint Euphrosyne, it is one of the most beautiful towns in Belarus.
Minsk, the capital, is a fabulous city to explore, even despite its predominantly post-war character. One of the world’s masterpieces of Socialist-Realist urban planning, the city also surprises with the mixture of monumental constructivist public buildings and marvellous old churches, vast green areas and old narrow streets.
Every tour includes:
- itinerary and programme adapted to your wishes
- an English-speaking guide from your arrival to your departure
- entrance fees to parks and reserves
- inland transportation in a modern vehicle
- accommodation (comfortable en-suite double/twin rooms)
- three main meals
- return flights to/form Minsk*
*Direct flights between London and Minsk are operated by the national airline “Belavia” on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
- Citizens of 80 states (EU, USA, etc.) can stay in Belarus visa-free for up to 30 days if they come and leave via Minsk National Airport
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