Naurzum State Nature ReserveNaurzum State Nature Reserve

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    This is quite a famous spot in Kazakstan. But very natural spot!
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      Nice description but lacks of personal tips!
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      Yes, and you added a plan!
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Unique Naurzum forest takes major part of last tract. These are old pine forests, as they almost did not change since tertiary or quaternary periods. There is a specific kind of birch, growing in Naurzum, called Kyrgyz, endemic of Northern Kazakhstan, which is not met anywhere else in the world.

Flora and Fauna of Nauruzum reserve is very reach: mute swan, eagle, crane-belladonna, steppe eagle, golden eagle, pink pelicans, roe, elk, boars are decorations of Naurzum forest. There are 44 mammalian species, 10 fish species. 23 bird species are recorded in the international Red Book.

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It includes dry steppes with isolated forest patches and lake systems, in the central part of the great Turgay depression. There is a large number of fresh- and brackish-water lakes that resemble flat round kettles with a depth of usually no more than 2.5-3 m; they are dependent completely of spring flood water. The types of steppe here are: feather grass steppe, herb-bunch-grass steppe and different types of salt steppe and meadows. The Zapovednik consists of three parts with different types of forest, 9-14 km from one another. The central part (139,714 ha) includes lake systems with surrounding meadows, Naurzum-Karagay - light pine forest, and insular groves of aspen or birch on sand dunes; Tersek-Karagay (12,947 ha) includes high pine forest with some additional birch and aspen along the Turgay plateau, and different steppes in the Dana-Byke river valley; Sypsynagash (38,720) includes dispersed insular groves of aspen or birch on semidesertic steppe with small seasonal lakes, meadows and bushes, in the Karasu river valley. An additional "buffer zone" of 2-km width with restricted use exists around the reserve, with total area of 116,550 hectares.

More details : http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sitefactsheet.php?id=19952

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