Braslaw Lakes (Belarusian: Браслаўскія азёры, tr.
Braslawskiya azyory; Russian: Браславские озёра, tr.
Braslavskiye ozyora) is one of the four national parks in Belarus. The
national park was set up in September 1995. It is a unique ecosystem
with a number of lakes and a large area of pine forests. It has a
total area of about 700 km2 (270 square miles). This includes 30
lakes. Three largest lakes are
Dryvyaty (fifth largest in the
Snudy (ninth largest in the country) and
largest in the country).
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The territory of the national park is separate[clarification needed]
and is in the
Braslaw Raion in the northwest of Belarus, near the
border with Lithuania. In the north it is adjacent to
Belarusian-Latvian border. The park is elongated from southwest to
northeast. In this direction it is 55 km (34 miles) long and
between 5 km and 29 km (3 to 18 miles) wide. The total area
of the park is 691 km2 (267 sq mi). The southern part
of the park consists of lowlands covered with forests. Much of the
area is occupied by different types of bogs. There are several
beautiful forest lakes, including Boginskoye - considered to be one of
the most beautiful in the Braslav area. The forests here belong to
coniferous-deciduous group, and occupy 310 km2
(120 sq mi). One can distinguish the following woodlands:
Borunsky, Belmont, Boguinsky, Druiskaya Dacha.
Pine woods and fir
woods are widespread.
Through the latest glacial period, about 18,000-29,000 years ago, the
area of Braslav Lakes was covered with vast ice fields, up to several
hundred metres thick. As the climate warmed, the ice slowly melted and
the limit of the ice moved north. This complex process shaped the
characteristic features of the nature of Poozerye with its hilly
relief and lakes.
There is a network of 30 connected large and small lakes, spread over
an area of 114 km2 (44 square miles). The biggest lakes are
Drivyaty, Snudy, Strusto, Voiso, Volosovo, Nedrovo, Nespish, and
Berezhe. This group of lakes makes up the core of the Braslav Lakes
Animals and plants
Of the rare species listed in the Belarusian Red Book, the area is the
home of the badger, lynx, brown bear, and swan. The swan was almost
extinct in this area but now inhabits the Braslav lakes. Other native
species include the black stork, common crane, silver seagull, willow
grouse, and dunlin. The lakes of Braslav are rich with different kinds
of fish. Pike perch, bream, whitebait, tench, whitefish are
Eel is of special value[clarification needed]. Also
widespread are boar, roe deer, squirrel, brown and white hare, fox,
raccoon, wolf, marten, otter, and mink.
^ "Main characteristics of the largest lakes of Belarus". Land of
Ancestors. Data of the Research Laboratory for Lake Study of the
Belarus State University. 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
The Braslav National Park home page
Braslav Lakes National Park
National parks of Belarus
Coordinates: 55°35′46″N 27°03′14″E / 55.59611°N