Bozdosh Park is one of the most popular and has convenient facilities for observing the youth of the Ecological center. This is the largest park in the city – a park of landscape art of local significance in Ukraine, the status of which was granted in order to preserve the park, founded in 1954. The park is a unique floodplain ecosystem of the Uzh lowlands. There are local trees (like maple, ash, willow, birch) and were introduced into (pagoda tree, locusts, cigartree, ginkgo, Canadian poplar, Amur cork tree, red oak, sumac, chestnut, horse-chestnut, etc.) and herbaceous plants, many of which are medicinal.
During the next excursion to the park, the young people of the Young Florists group got acquainted with trees and shrubs, medicinal plants of the park (horse-chestnut, black elder, small-leaved linden, common oak, dandelion, greater plantain), collected inflorescences of elderberry and linden for making tea.
Special attention was paid to the dangerous plant- Sosnowsky’s hogweed, which is an invasive species introduced by man as a silage crop in the middle of the twentieth century. It spreads naturally or through humans and poses a significant threat to the flora and fauna of ecosystems, causing the death of native plant species. Upon contact with the skin, the fresh juice of the plant causes inconspicuous irritation, which under the influence of sunlight causes severe burns. Also, young researchers observed fish, mollusks, worms, and other aquatic inhabitants, herpetofauna, and avifauna of the park.
The river bank has been cleared of rubbish by true conservationists. Discussion on ecological issues, interesting games and tasks, search for ways to preserve the biodiversity of the park, and arrangement of the “Magic Palette of Flora” helped to consolidate the acquired knowledge.
Plants are the most vulnerable living organisms on Earth against the pressure of anthropogenic factors. They have limited mobility and the area of growth in which they reproduce most efficiently, and therefore die under the influence of harmful factors of anthropogenic origin. Animals also suffer greatly from human activities. Therefore, it is a major duty of each of us to preserve all living beings: from the smallest organisms to large trees and animals, regardless of their usefulness!
The event was held in cooperation with the Transcarpathian Regional Ecological and Naturalistic Center for Students Youth – TRENCSY along with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies- IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband NABU International ), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
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