The Braslav National Park is a unique place. It is the place for passive and active recreation, tourism, fishing and hunting. A number of lakes and pine forest maintain the air amazingly pure. The pine forest is within the Braslav city limits. Its northern part drowns in the pine forest and is located on the lake shore. The administration of the National Park is situated in Lesnichevka among the pine trees.The southern part of the city is also in the forest and also on the lake shore, but of a different one - Drivyaty. The buildings of recreation facility and a tourist camp are located here.
About 18-29 thousand years ago the Braslav district was covered with vast ice fields, the thickness of which fluctuated from several dozens to several hundreds meters. The warming, which came afterwards brought along slow ice melting and its movement further to the north. As a result of the complicated process, which accompany the melting of such a huge amount of ice, the characteristic features of the nature of Poozerye with its hilly relief and lakes have shaped. Their concentration at certain relatively small territories is sometimes simply unique. In the North-West of the Republic of Belarus one of the most picturesque lake group of Belorussian Poozerye - the Braslav lakes- is located. An amazing lace comprising 30 big and small lake connected between each other spread out at the area of 114 sq. km. The biggest lakes are Drivyaty, Snudy, Strusto, Voiso, Volosovo, Nedrovo, Nespish, Berezhe. This group of lakes made up the core of the Braslav Lakes National Park, which was set up in September 1995.
The territory oа the National Park is separate and it is in Braslav administrative district near the border with Lithuania. In the north it is adjacent to Belorussian-Latvian border. The entire territory of the park stretches in the north-eastern direction. In this direction it is 55 km long and in width it is between 5 to 29 km. Total area of the park is 69.1 thousand hectares. The southern part of the park is represented by lowlands covered with forests. The major part of the area is occupied by different types of bogs. One can encounter several beautiful forest lakes. Here you can find the lake Boginskoye - one of the most beautiful in in Braskav area. The forests here belong to coniferous-deciduous group and occupy 31 thousands hectares. One can distinguish the following woodlands: Borunsky, Belmont, Boguinsky, Druiskaya Dacha. Pine-woods and fir-woods are widely spread.
The pine-woods of the Braslav uplands are the most beautiful. The typical representatives of the forest habitat are elk, bore, roe, squirrel, brown and white hare, fox, raccoon, wolf, marten, otter, mink. Out of the rare species, which are entered in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Belarus, the habitat of badger, lynx, bear are noticed. Out of the water-fowl you can distinguish the swans. This beautiful bird was practically ousted by people but now it inhabits the Braslav lakes.
Out of the rare species you can meet a black stork, grey crane, silver seagull, willow grouse, dunlin, etc. The lakes of Braslav are rich with different kinds of fish. Pike perch, bream, white bait, tench, whitefish are widely spread. Eel is of especial value. http://www.braslav.com/index_en.php
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