Ecological characteristics: The Reserve is located in western part of European territory of Russia, in the immediate watershed of the upper Volga and Zapadnaya (West) Dvina Rivers at the southwestern edge of the Valdai highlands. The Reserve’s flora includes 860 species of plants. The species, which have colonized this area in the outcome of Valdai glaciation are great interest: dwarf arctic birch, mountain raspberry, small-fruited cranberry. The species registered in the Red Data Book of Russia and of Tverskaya oblast are under special protection in the Reserve: yellow lady’s slipper (Cypripedium calceolus), perennial honesty (Lunaria rediviva) and others. Currently 56 species of mammals are known in the Reserve, a special place among them is belonging to predators – bear (Ursus arctos), wolf (Canis lupus) and lynx (Felis lynx). The Reserve is inhabited by 204 species of birds: wood grouse, hazel grouse, heath cock are rather numerous here. The species listed in the Red Data Book of Russia are carefully protected in the Reserve: golden eagle, black stork, peregrine falcon and osprey.

Declaration date: 1985

Surface area: Total 70508 ha

Core area: 24447 ha

Buffer and transition areas: 46061 ha

Administrative division: Tverskaya oblast

Human activities: The basic potential threat to the Reserve is changing of hydrologic conditions in the result of drainage of bogs, constructions of hydrounits and dams along streams of Tudovka, Mezha and Tyudma rivers beginning at the Reserves’ territory

Protection classifications: State nature reserve (Zapovednik)

Contact information: Tsentral’nolesnoy Biosphere Reserve, Zapovednyi settlement, Nelidovskiy district, Tverskaya oblast, 172513 Russia. Tel./fax: + 7 482 66 22433, E-mail:, web-site: