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The Central Botanical Garden of NAS of Belarus and park Chelyuskintsev

Nowadays botanical garden in Minsk is one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe both by the composition of the collection as well as by area. It was founded in 1932. Today its area is 53 hectares. Botanical garden can be called open air museum of living plants. The dendrarium is famous for its collection of coniferous trees. Its trees and shrubs are sorted by geographical sectors: North America, Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Crimea, Far East and Siberia. Also there are separately located unique collections of perennials from South America, the Caucasus, Australia, Pamir and Southern Europe. There is a small lake in the territory of the garden.

The Botanical garden is abutted by the Chelyuskitsev park. It was founded in 1928-1931. Currently the park is one of the central parks of Minsk and has the status of historical and cultural importance, as a monument of history and landscape architecture. Its total area is 59 hectares. About 22 thousand trees are in the park. In the southern part of the park hardwood trees can be found, while in the Northern – coniferous trees. Pine, Norway maple and silver birch dominate in the natural plantings in the territory of the park. Throughout the territory along with the main alleys decorative species of trees are planted (chestnut, linden, maple, birch, rowan, spruce, etc.).

Observed regularly throughout the year:

  • Mute swan Cygnus olor,
  • Mallard Anas platyrhynchos,
  • Goshawk Accipiter gentilis,
  • Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus,
  • Rock dove Columba livia,
  • Great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major,
  • Blackbird Turdus merula,
  • Fieldfare Turdus pilaris,
  • Blue tit Parus caeruleus,
  • Great tit Parus major,
  • Nuthatch Sitta europaea,
  • Treecreeper Certhia familiaris,
  • Jay Garrulus glandarius,
  • Magpie Pica pica,
  • Jackdaw Corvus monedula,
  • Rook Corvus frugilegus,
  • Hooded crow Corvus corone,
  • Raven Corvus corax,
  • House sparrow Passer domesticus,
  • Tree sparrow Passer montanus,
  • Greenfinch Carduelis chloris,
  • Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis,
  • Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes.

Observed regularly in the warm season only:

  • Black-headed gull Larus ridibundus,
  • Wood pigeon Columba palumbus,
  • Swift Apus apus,
  • Swallow Hirundo rustica,
  • House martin Delichon urbicum,
  • Tree pipit Anthus trivialis,
  • White wagtail Motacilla alba,
  • Wren Troglodytes troglodytes,
  • Robin Erithacus rubecula,
  • Thrush nightingale Luscinia luscinia,
  • Black redstart Phoenicurus ochruros,
  • Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus,
  • Song trush Turdus philomelos,
  • Icterinewarbler Hippolais icterina,
  • Lesser whitethroat Sylvia curruca,
  • Whitethroat Sylvia communis,
  • Garden warbler Sylvia borin,
  • Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla,
  • Wood warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix,
  • Chifchaf Phylloscopus collybita,
  • Willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus,
  • Spotted flycatcher Muscicapa striata,
  • Pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca,
  • Golden oriole Oriolus oriolus,
  • Starling Sturnus vulgaris,
  • Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs,
  • Serin Serinus serinus.

Observed regularly during the cold season only:

  • Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus,
  • Goldcrest Regulus regulus,
  • Marsh tit Parus palustris,
  • Willow tit Parus montanus,
  • Crested tit Parus cristatus,
  • Coal tit Parus ater,
  • Siskin Carduelis spinus,
  • Crossbill Loxia curvirostra,
  • Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula.

Observed rarely:

  • Partridge Perdix perdix,
  • Honey buzzard Pernis apivorus,
  • Common buzzard Buteo buteo,
  • Woodcock Scolopax rusticola,
  • Common gull Larus canus,
  • Herring gull Larus argentatus,
  • Yellow-legged gull Larus cachinnans,
  • Collared dove Streptopelia decaocto,
  • Wryneck Jynx torquilla,
  • Black woodpecker Dryocopus martius,
  • Middle spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos medius,
  • Lesser spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos minor,
  • Dunnock Prunella modularis,
  • Brambling Fringilla montifringilla,
  • Redpoll Carduelis flammea,
  • Long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus,
  • Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella.

Observed very seldom:

  • Pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum,
  • Long-eared owl Asio otus,
  • Tengmalm`s owl Aegolius funereus,
  • Two-barred crossbill Loxia leucoptera,
  • Parrot crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus,
  • Snow bunting Plectrophenax nivalis.

How to get there: by metro (station "Park Chelyuskintsev")