Deciduous forests in ravines and gullies provide home for a dozen species of ferns (Filicales) and seven species of Orchis. The leaves of the ostrich fern (Onoclea struthiopteris) can reach up to 2 metres in length, and the thickets of the rough horsetail (Equisétum hyemále) in the ravines take the traveller back to the times of the dinosaurs.
In spring and autumn, a huge number of birds migrate through the Desna valley. Here, you may see a grey heron (Ardea cinerea), a great bittern (Botaurus stellaris), a western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus). Deciduous forests are a home for the stoat (Mustela ermine), the European polecat (Mustela putorius), the swift footed roe deer (Capreólus capreólus). In June, stag beetles (Lucanus cervus) arrange knightly tournaments on age-old oaks, and colourful butterflies feast on floodplain Desna meadows in the diversity of grass and flowers.
The free waters of Desna are a home to 25 fish species. The rare Dnieper barbel (Barbus borysthenicus), Donets ruffe (Gymnocephalus acerinus), burbot (Lota lota), and sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus) are among them.
In addition to natural treasures, there are about 50 archaeological sites in the park. Among them, there is the world-famous Mezyn Paleolithic site, which is almost 20,000 years old. To immerse yourself in the history of the region, starting from the Paleolithic, you can visit the local museums.
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Part of the park is a protected area. This is a unique ecosystem of natural lake and forest complexes. We preserve the natural course of processes in these places. It is forbidden to enter the territory of the protected zone.
Kyiv – Shostka (4-5 hours), then to Novhorod-Siverskyi by bus, and therefrom – to Desnianske, Korop district.
From Kyiv on the M02 highway through Brovary, Kozelets, Korop – 304 km (4 hours).
Or Kyiv – Novhorod-Siverskyi, through the city of Chernihiv – 288 km (4.5 hours)
Kyiv (Boryspil), and then by train or bus to Chernihiv (142 km). From the central bus station of Chernihiv there are minibuses to Desnianske (daily at 15.35), Radychiv (daily at 8.40, Fri.-Sun.) and Rozlety (daily at 16.25). The most convenient way is to the village of Horodyshche is by route to Korop (runs every 2-3 hours). Travel time – about three hours.