The square of the farm is 94,4 thousand hectares.
If you want to enjoy a rich haul fishing, to have a rest in a hotel or to live in a tent on the shore of a lake, to take a boat ride on one of the largest lakes of Belarus, to see swamps, typical for Polessie landscape, to watch rare species of birds, to take a walk along the ecological paths, to feel peace and serenity from the surrounding landscapes, then you definitely should visit the forest hunting farm “Vygonovskoe”. This place of pristine nature is located in Ivatsevichi district of Brest region near the township of Telekhany. The square of the farm is 94,4 thousand hectares.
Vygonoshchansky forest and bog nature complex, located in the watershed territory of the Black sea and the Baltic Sea basins, is one of the largest in Europe, which has survived to the present day in the natural state. It is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, and it has a status of a wetland of European importance according to the Ramsar Convention. The area of swamps and green woods with dissemination of lakes, upland ranges and islands expands here over more than 70 km from west to east and over 40 km from north to south.
The main part of the FHF “Vygonovskoe” is occupied with sedge and moss lowland and transition mosses, covered with birch, black alder and pine forests. From time to time broad-leaved oak groves, hornbeam, elm, maple forests, linden groves can be met on the upland hills and ranges, and low-productivity pine forests with almost dwarf trees – in the upland swamps. Their age can reach more than 300 years with a trunk height of just 10-15 meters.
Roughly estimated more than 700 species of vascular plants grow on the territory of FHF “Vygonovskoe”. The faunal diversity is represented with 58 mammal species, 255 species of birds, 7 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, more than 30 species of fish. Among them about two dozen of plant species and 45 fauna species are included into the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus.
Elk, wild boar, deer, roe are common among hoofed in these forests. Among predators – wolf, raccoon dog, vixen, and among wildfowl – wood grouse and black grouse. You can often meet beaver, otter, mink, muskrat near ponds. The farm lands are an ideal place for wetland wildfowl (wild ducks, pochards, snipes etc.)
Vygonoshchanskoe and Bobrovichskoe lakes are the decoration of the forest hunting farm. They are the remains of so-called “Yaseldinskoye Sea” – the largest water area, which is about 800 thousand sq.km., formed with the melting of a glacier. The basin disappeared in consequence of water outflow after the break of the Pripyat riverbed to Dnieper, and only single lakes remained of it.
Vygonoshchanskoe lake, which area is 26 sq.km., is the third natural water body of Polessie in terms of surface area. It is located at the watershed of the river Shchara and Yaselda (the basins of Neman and Dnieper). Having quite a large size the lake is shallow – average depth is 1,2 m, maximum depth – 2,3 m.
The area of Bobrovichskoe lake, located in the river Grivda basin, is about 9,4 sq. km. Its average depth – 2,5 m, maximum depth – 8 m. The lakes are very rich in fish. Pike, perch, roach, ruff, bream, line, redeye are most common among indigenous species. Carp, crucian, grass carp, silver carp appeared after stoking them with fish.
Many places connected with both ancient and contemporary history have preserved in the farm territory and near its bounds: the sites of ancient people, different archaeological places, the Oginsky Canal, a hydroelectrical complex and the oldest in Belarus hydroengineering structures. There is the most representative fortification complex of the First World War, the ancient geodesic datum, the point of The Struve Arc – an object, included in the World Heritage List, the memorial places of the Second World War and other sights.
There is a hotel for guests residence on the south shore of Vygonshchanskoe lake. You can rent tents and sleeping bags. Special areas are equipped for fishing by the lake, and a delivery to more distant areas for fishing is made on boats.
A commercial game hunting can be organized.