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Species of the month
Common Raven (Corvus corax Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Raven is the largest passerine
bird who is known to humans from ancient times. Many if not all birdwatchers
are acquainted with the all-black colour of Ravens’ plumage which glossed
purple and dark blue especially on head, neck and chest. ‘Krook’, the Ukrainian name
of the species, is an onomatopoeic word reflecting typical Raven sound which can
be heard throughout the year.
Вы уверены, что точно знаете, какого цвета цветы у данного растения? Так ли это? А ну, признавайтесь :)
New sources on flora and vegetation, lichens, fungi, insects, spiders and molluscs were added to the Library
Maps of the distribution of chalk steppe in Ukraine were added to Chalk Steppe page.
New sources were added to the Library at new page on European chalk grasslands.
A note about Ukrainian chalk steppe and its conservation was published
recently in international online magazine Plant Talk that supports plant
Typical chalk plants
can find photos of most typical plants which grow on outcrops including pure
chalk and sites with negligible soil cover. There are both highly specialised,
endemic species which are restricted just to chalk outcrops, and more widely
distributed species which are not uncommon on outcrops of other rock types, on
disturbed soils, sand, salt marshes and so on. Some tree and shrub species
which are used for afforestation of chalk slopes are represented as well.