Babyn Yar will become a landscape reserve

A landscape reserve "Babyn Yar" (Babi Yar) will be created in Kyiv, according to Vechirniy Kyiv. The total area of this natural monument will exceed 40 hectares. The Babyn Yar Landscape Reserve will cover Babyn Yar and Kyrylivsky Forest Park, including the slopes between Teliha Street and Herzen Lane).

Babyn Yar
Photo: vechirniy.kyiv.ua

The project of landscape reserve creation was developed by the charitable foundation of the Dnipro district "Kyiv Ecological and Cultural Center".


Today, Babyn Yar is one of the largest green massifs of Ukraine’s capital which has an unusual combination of Norway maple, ash and acacia. On this area you can also find horse-chestnut, walnut, linden heart-shaped and so on. The slopes of ravine have become a home for bats, titmice, thrush, western nightingale, etc. Some rare birds such as oriole and owl are protected by the Berne Convention for the Protection of Wild Flora and Fauna and the Natural Environment.


The area of Babyn Yar is known as a site of massacres carried out by German forces during World War II. Among victims tere were Jews, Soviet prisoners of war, communists, Ukrainian nationalists and Roma.


To learn more about Babyn Yar, book 'Kyiv, Jewish Sights & History' tour.