Local history tour of Berehovo region and celebration of the day of healthy eating

On October 6, 2022, an expert of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies (in cooperation with the German Nature Conservation Union – NABU), ornithologist Leonid Pokrytyuk, as part of a tour of the “Greater” Berehovo Region, conducted an informative talk for the children of IDPs on the topic “Day of Healthy Eating”. Healthy nutrition is not only good health and getting rid of many diseases, having a strong nervous system, and normalizing weight, but also love and respect for yourself, it’s a desire for a healthy and long life.

First, as part of an informative excursion (which was conducted by the well-known tour guide Maksym Adamenko with the assistance of the Children’s Voices Charitable Fund http://voices.org.ua) they got acquainted with the Carpathian buffalo farm, participated in product tasting, tried buffalo milk, butter, various kinds of cheese … yummy). They visited the Piyterfolvo local history museum, which was opened in the 1970s in the neoclassical building of the palace of Counts Fogorosh of 1895.

Nearby is a picturesque county park with plane trees and lindens. After that, tourists admired the panorama of Vynogradiv from the remains of the Kankiv Castle, which has the status of a national architectural monument. They visited a stone church of the 14th century with a Gothic wooden tower of the 18th century in the village of Chetfolvo.

During each stop, the expert – Leonid Pokrytyuk – paid attention to the nature of the environment. He introduced tourists to the wild riches of Transcarpathia, which should be included in the diet: fruits of Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas L.), dog rose (Rosa canina L.) and hawthorn; fruits of edible chestnuts; rootstock of wild sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus L.), dandelion (Taraxacum officinale Wigg), and chicory (Cichorium L.); etc.

The bulbous sunflower is an invasive plant that aggressively displaces the typical flora for certain regions, so it is worth fighting with the introducer. Harvesting “bulb roots” will also contribute to the reduction of its populations. On the other hand, it is a plant useful for nutrition, as wild sunflower contains inulin and other substances important for health Also, with the help of the ornithologist Leonid, the excursion acquired an ornithological character from the very beginning with a visit to the memorial to the mythical bird – Turul.

The workers of the “Karpatskyi Buivil” farm turned out to be friends with the birds. They showed self-made support for a stork’s nest and showed the places where owls are present. They shared plans to install nesting boxes for birds. On the territory of the farm, traces of the presence of a tawny owl, a little owl, and a rare barn owl were found.

In Vynohradovo, among the remains of the Kankiv castle, they observed the biotopes of Europe’s largest owl, the barn owl. This red-book species has been nesting on Black Mountain for a long time. Also, they visited the main treasure of Chetfalva – a stone church of the 14th century with a Gothic wooden tower from the 18th century. Long-eared owls, which always spend the winter there, were searched for on the territory of the church.

A small group visited the long-eared owl in Berehovo. They managed to count two dozen owls. All the time during the excursion, Leonid emphasizes the Responsible attitude toward God’s Creation – nature. Such educational tours for youth and adults (among whom are many of the above-mentioned IDPs) are significant, especially in these difficult times, because they help to switch from daily stressful situations to cognitive activities.

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