The world of Ukrainian birds is rich enough to arouse curiosity of any birdwatcher.
Scientists argue that people who are in regular contact with nature have more stable immunity and are less prone to stress, depression, and anxiety. Having studied specific natural areas visited by «stress-resistant» individuals, scientists have identified that a key component of the environment that contributes to the health of body and soul is birds. The more birds you see and hear around, the better.
The happiest people are those who can afford to be in nature for most of their lives. Birds are one of the most noticeable and widespread animals in the world, and you hardly fail to see them, even with poor eyesight. Feathered are interesting not only for a wide variety of their shapes and colours, but also for their characteristic voices and behaviours. If you don’t see them, you will definitely hear them. Birdwatching is also an active way of rest: it includes walking, travelling a lot around the country and the world, making new acquaintances. Ukraine has a huge potential for the development of this activity. We have many rivers, lakes, forests, mountains, etc., and the diversity of landscapes is positively reflected in the diversity of birds. There are 433 species in the list of birds of Ukrainian faunaDay 1: Arrival in Lviv
Arrival in Lviv
Transfer from the airport
Check-in at Citadel Inn/Taurus hotelDay 2:
Breakfast at the hotel
Sightseeing transport tour around Lviv and a trip to Znesinnia Park for birdwatching.
Znesinnia Regional Landscape Park (Ukrainian: Регіональний ландшафтний парк «Знесіння») is the largest park in Lviv, Ukraine. It is located in the north-east part of the city. Together with the Vysokyi Zamok (High Castle) the hills of Park Znesinnya form Lviv’s distinctive city skyline, known from drawings going back to the 16th century.
Bird species: common forest species as Great tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackcap, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Collared flycatcher, Middle spotted Woodpecker, Wood pigeon and other common forest species.
Spare timeDay 3:
Breakfast at the hotel
A day-long tour to Roztochchiia Biosphere Reserve
The Roztochchiia Biosphere Reserve (Ukrainian: Roztochchiia) (established 2011) is a UNESCOBiosphere Reserve in Ukraine. Roztochia has a total size of 74,800 hectares (289 sq mi) with its main economic activities including agriculture, stock-breeding and fish farming. The site is located on the north-western edge of the Podillya Upland, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the city of Lviv, with an area of 30,000 hectares (120 sq mi). The site attracts visitors to its sanatoria and there are plans for developing business and tourism. There is on-going and planned cooperation with Poland in the Roztochia region
Various waterfowls and birds of reedbeds are breeding on the ponds: Mallard, Pochard, colony of Whiskered terns, Great crested grebe, Black-necked grebe, Little grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Water rail, Great reed and reed warbler, Savi’s warbler, Penduline tit and other species. You can observe birds of prey: Common buzzard, Marsh harrier, Sparrowhawk, Goshawk and sometimes White-tailed eagle.Day 4:
A day-long tour to Skolivski Beskydy National Park
During this tour you will also visit the waterfall “Kamianka”, the Zhuravlyne lake, which is also called “dead” and the famous Tustan with Urytskyi rocks.
On river and springs you can find Dipper, Grey-backed wagtail, in the forest there are Firescrest, Goldcrest, Coal tit, and Nutcracker. On the way to Parashka mountain you can see Three-toed woodpecker if you are lucky, and also Pygmy owl and Ural owl which are very shy during daytimeDay 5:
Transfer to the airport