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Old Dniester Riverbed, also called "Blind Dniester"

The Blind Dniester, was formed in the middle of the 19th century when the main course of the Dniester was modified, but at the same time its old riverbed, called the “Blind Dniester”, remained. The total length of the old riverbed is approx. 42 km. The old riverbed is the largest natural water basin in the country, which contains rich fish reserves and is used for irrigation. It is a habitat of many birds, of rare species of plants, insects, fish, mammals and birds. At the moment it is very muddy, in the northern part on a...

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Lunca Talmaza

The main core area of the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site is the "Talmaza Meadow" sector (with an area of 1886 ha), which contains forest massifs with numerous meadows, a lake (24 ha), an almost closed loop of the old riverbed, which recently separated from the Dniester , permanent flooded and dry canals, ponds, swamps, meadows and sectors of abandoned agricultural land. There are wild areas that are difficult to cross, with dense undergrowth, with trees felled by wind and storm. The crown of the forest is often closed, and at the same ...

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Grădina Turcească

The Turkish Garden is a landscape reservation, located between the villages of Leuntea and Copanca (Causeni district) on an area of ​​224 ha. It occupies two meanders of the old Dniester riverbed and was established in order to preserve the most picturesque marshy and aquatic ecosystems. The reservation includes valuable characteristic meadow forests (willows, poplars, oaks, ashes). aquatic and marshy communities. The habitat type of ash forests is one of the number of pan-European ones of importance for Europe (protected in the EU). Ash...

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Insula Turnciuc

At the end of the 18th century, near the village of Choburchiu (on the left bank of the Dniester), the Dniester formed a wide sleeve called Turunchuk. This arm branches off from the Dniesters meander, with a right angle and takes more than half (60%) of the water flow from the river. Soon after the fork, these two channels form a picturesque, wooded island, also named Turunchuk. There you can admire the nature reserve and an incredible view of the river. Expanded flooded meadows of Dniester with silt-meadow-boggy soils, fragments of p...

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Togai swamp and Aivazia complex

ne of the largest portions of natural swamp in Moldova is located in the northeast of Crocmaz and has an area of ​​51.2 ha. The area also includes a meander in the Dniester river meadow, with an impressive diversity of over 700 species of aquatic and steppe plants, but also a portion of meadow forest. Here, many endangered species of hydrophilic plants grow in the natural environment, such as wild vines. The swamp is predominantly covered with reeds, which in the wind soothe like a real natural vegetal carpet, resembling a dense f...

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The Imperial Forest

The Imperial Forest - is located between the village of Olănești and the Crocmaz village, in the North West part of the locality, and was once the largest forest in the area with over 400 hectares, today reaching about 250 hectares. Founded by the Polish nobleman Bartasevici, the dendrological park occupies only 24 hectares. Over time, due to lack of care, the park became part of the forest. Evidence of the park's existence are the exotic species in the forest stand: chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.), Amer...

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Olanesti Nature Reserve

The reservation is represented by a forested segment on an area of ​​108 ha, surrounded in three parts by a meander of the Dniester at the western border of Olanesti village. Representative plant formations of white poplar, Euro-American poplar, ash, pedunculate oak, elm and willow are protected here, harmoniously combined with meadows of obsiga and pear. The reserve preserves the biodiversity specific to the meadow forests, which improves the microclimate and the hydrological regime, maintains the high flow of the rivers, favors the inc...

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