district is located in the South-Eastern part of Chernivtsi oblast, on the left
bank of the Prut River, in the forest and prairie area occupying the territory of
738 sq. km, which makes 9% of the region territory. It stretches for 50 km from
the West to the East and 20 km from the North to the South. The district
territory lies on a flat area between the Prut and Dnister rivers. Forests
previously occupied a significantly larger area but currently take about 3851
hectares, which is only 5.2% of the total district area. The district
population is 88,000. A distinctive feature of the district is its
multinational residents. Chernivtsi-Kiyv railway and Chernivtsi-Kishinev-Odessa
highway pass through the district territory.
durmast and hornbeam are the prevalent types of trees in local forests. Beech,
ash-tree, maple, cherry and wild pear trees can also be found here. Hazel, dog
rose, guelder rose, and cornel can be noticed in the underbrush.
world of the district is highly diverse. 231 species of vertebrates live here
with 29 mammals, 140 birds, 40 fishes, 11 amphibians and 11 creepers among them.
Roe, wild boar, fox, gray hare, badger, squirrel, hedgehog, mole, marten, gray
hamster, otter, and mink live in the woods. Crow, magpie, woodpecker, pigeon,
jay, owl, and hawk are the most usual birds.
perch, loach, bream, trout, umber, pike, catfish and ruff live in rivers and
reservoirs. Muskrat, nutria, pheasant and partridge also live here.
resources consist of small rivers being left-side tributaries of the Prut river
and artificial ponds. The total water surface area of artificial and natural
reservoirs makes 685 hectares. The ponds are located in river valleys and are
used for fish breeding, waterfowl farming and water supply.
district is rich with mineral waters the deposits of which were found in
Sherbintsi, Cherlenivka, Dranitsa, Boyany and Magala villages.
district has 81 architectural and cultural monuments some of which are of
historical and artistic value. One of the best ones is St. Elias (Ilya) Church
in Toporivka village built in 1560, which is the oldest architecture monument
amongst defensive religious constructions in Bukovina. 10 architecture monuments
of local importance being religious structures enjoy national protection.
district has the following state reserves of national significance on its
karst cave discovered in 1976 and located 1.5 km to the South-West from
Stalnivtsi village. Currently there are about 3,700 meters of explored passages
and galleries. "Bukovynka" is a quite interesting three-storied
labyrinth cave with a variety of wandering formations and secondary crystals,
richness of cave deposits.
stalactite cave discovered in 1977 and
located in the Southern outskirts of Podvirne village. There are about 90 km of
underground labyrinths found. The cave is the eighth longest in the world. It
is worth notice that "Popelyushka" hasn’t been passed through yet.
The cave is three-storied and as is below the water level of near the Poshak
river it was completely filled with water before the establishment of Kryvskiy
gypsum casing. The cave has a long labyrinth of underground passages 3-4 m wide
and 2-4 m high. There is also a 170 m long and 10-12 m wide creek.
ornithological natural reserve established in 1993. Out of 86 hectares of total
area, 74.3 hectares (86% of the territory) are occupied by a beautiful lake.
The reserve is unique due to the combination of nesting places of red, gray and
small heron and some waterfowl and wader.
Zaplava" national landscape reserve established in 1993 on the lands of
collective farms from Tarasivtsi, Vanchikivtsi, Kostichani, Dranitsa, and
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