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Conservation of steppes in Russia


The site is devoted to conservation, restoration and sustainable use of steppe ecosystems and steppe plant and animal species. Savesteppe.org is the best Russian-speaking internet resource on the nature of steppe biome. It contains description of various steppe variants and a review of relations of people and steppe, discussion of the problems of steppe protection, news portal which is updated regularly, vast library with access to full-version papers in Steppe bulletin, which is one of the best Russian conservation journals.

Home page of the public campaign ‘Save Ukrainian steppes!’


A division of the major Ukrainian conservation site ‘Nature of Ukraine’. The aim of the campaign ‘Save Ukrainian steppes!’ is to stop the destruction of the last virgin steppe sites which are now under severe threat from forest planting. The site includes a regularly updated news section, vast library, even songs, poems and movies on steppe. A very important initiative of the campaign is launching an inventory of the remaining steppe sites in Ukraine.

Home page of the European Dry Grasslands Group (EDGG)


The site contains information on plant communities dominated by grasses which are spread in Europe in xeric conditions. The site gives a picture of the structure and activity (annual meetings) of EDGG. All issues of The Bulletin of the EDGG are available as well as proceedings of the annual meetings, a library and a collection of book reviews.

Official site of LIFE-Nature Project ‘Pannonic Steppes and Dry Grasslands’


LIFE-Nature Project ‘Pannonic Steppes and Dry Grasslands’ aims at protection of distinctive steppes of Danubian plains in Austria. The site represents major directions of the project activities and offers a selection of books on steppes of Pannonian region.

Official site of CHALK EAST, a project of The East of England Geodiversity Partnership Valuing Chalk landscape and geodiversity in the East of England


The site provides information on chalk landscapes of Eastern England, on the role they played in history, economy and culture of the region, on the origin of chalk deposits. The site contains a good collection of valuable links.

Accounts of national park ‘Dvorichansky’ (Ukraine) in social networks:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalParkDvurechanskiy?fref=ts

VK.com: https://vk.com/npp_dvorichanskiy
Official site of Lugansk nature reserve (Ukraine)


Official site of the state nature reserve ‘Belogorye’ (Russian Federation)


The Russian nature reserve ‘Belogorye’ was organised initially to save primary oak forests of the southern part of Middle Russian Hills (‘Les na Vorskle’). Nowadays it units several chalk steppe sites including unique fragments of chalk pine forests. The site gives an insight into the natural conditions at certain subdivisions of the reserve, to its history, and to all aspects of conservation, scientific and educational activities of the staff. A news section is regularly updated and, notably, a collection of photo galleries is worth attention.

Official site of White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (United Kingdom)


The project on sustainable tourism in the region of chalk cliffs in South-eastern England started in 1989 and gradually became a successful partnership of local authorities and conservation organisations. The site provides information on the nature of chalk cliffs and on awareness raising work of the Partnership.

Official site of geocenter Møns Klint (Denmark)


Møns Klint chalk cliffs are extremely attractive cliffs along the eastern coast of the Danish isle of Møn. The site of geocenter Møns Klint gives concise information on the origin of chalk deposits and offers a good selection of quality photos.

Pages with description of chalk grassland habitats on the site of Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Great Britain)


The pages include concise yet informative description of so-called chalk grasslands which are under legal protection in Great Britain.

Fundamental electronic library ‘Flora and fauna’


The site is a best collection of botanical and zoological literature in Russian language which is updated regularly. The selection of guides on different groups of plants, fungi and animals as well as collection of major regional compendiums on flora and fauna are extremely useful.

Geology and paleontology of Jurassic period and the Mesozoic


The site is devoted to geology and paleontology of the Mesozoic and contains a vast collection of scientific papers and books on this theme. The site has regularly updated news section, a forum, personal pages of geologists and paleontologists, a unique selection of links and many more. Those who are interested in fauna and flora of cretaceous period and in the origin of chalk deposits are welcomed to visit a branch of the site at jurassic.ru/cretaceous.htm.

Field educational center ‘Ecosystem’


The site is the biggest Russian portal on natural history and environmental awareness and education. It accumulates reference data on thousands of natural entities from minerals, rocks, soils to plant, fungi and animal species. A page on every such entity contains an illustration and a compendium of most important information. Besides there is a lot of educational materials, impressive photo-guide to natural landscapes, plant and animal species, and a branch on activity of the Biology club at the State Darwin Museum which is among the most successful groups within young naturalist movement in Russia.

Stanislavskyy naturalist


The site represents an online non-fiction magazine ‘Stanislavskyy naturalist’ (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine). It contains a lot of interesting facts on recent findings in ecology, on newly discovered extant and fossil plant and animal species, on current problems in nature conservation.

An on-line plant guide: open atlas of vascular plants of Russia and adjacent countries


The site is the biggest open resource for identification of plant species of the flora of the former USSR. It accumulates an enormous number of quality photos of plants which were taken in different parts of their ranges, in diverse habitats, and at different stages of their life cycles. The project is open for corrections and additions, for finding solutions to the problems of species identification. The site has news section, great forum, distinctive ‘reference centre’ section aimed to assist newcomers in work with a guide, in sampling plants, in taking and processing photos and so on.

Photogallery, Saxifraga Foundation


Saxifraga Foundation is an ECNC-linked (European Centre for Nature Conservation) network of European nature photographers, who facilitate the conservation of European biodiversity by providing high-quality nature photos. The photos are grouped into four major sets which represent images of plant and animal species, European landscapes and views of the Netherlands.