Wildlife of Ukraine

Wildlife defies Chernobyl radiation (BBC)

It contains some of the most contaminated land in the world, yet it has become a haven for wildlife – a nature reserve in all but name.

The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life. As humans were evacuated from the area 20 years ago, animals moved in. Existing populations multiplied and species not seen for decades, such as the lynx and eagle owl, began to return. There are even tantalising footprints of a bear, an animal that has not trodden this part of Ukraine for centuries.

Mammals decline in Chernobyl zone

The largest wildlife census of its kind conducted in Chernobyl reveals evidence of mammals declining in the exclusion zone.
Chernobyl birds are small brained (BBC) Birds living around the Chernobyl area have 5% smaller brains, an effect  directly linked to lingering background radiation. So no great wildlife recovery!
Chernobyl ‘shows insect decline’ (BBC) 20 years after the disaster  at Chernobyl, radiation is still causing a fall in the numbers of insects and spiders.

List of birds of Ukraine – Wikipedia

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