The Organizing Committee is preparing three alternative routes for field trips during the 8th Planta Europa Conference:

1) To "Zmiini Ostrovy" (Snake Islands) of the Kaniv Natural Reserve (49.842617, 31.544078) and the botanical local reserve «Tulynetski Perelisky» (49.804381, 31.173440). It will be one-day field trip with total duration about 9 hours, but you will be able to see amazing landscapes with natural vegetation of Dnieper River Valley.

Our excursion will start with visit sand areas and pine forests on the left bank of Dnieper River. We will find typical communities for these places with Stipa borysthenica Klokov ex Prokudin, Carex colchica J. Gay, Festuca beckeri (Hack.) Trautv., Koeleria glauca DC. (Spreng.), Senecio borysthenicus (DC.) Andrz. ex Czern.), Centaurea borysthenica Grun., Tragopogon ukrainicus Artemczuk, Helichrysum arenarium (L.) Moench as well as Daphne cneorum L., some orchids etc.

Besides we will view the unique one of the most northern steppe areas and will watch for the flowering of Stipa pennata L., which, actually, are the symbol of 8th conference “Planta Europa”. Beside this, you can observe rare plants in flower as Pulsatilla pratensis (L.) Mill., Anemone sylvestris L., Adonis vernalis L., Astragalus dasyanthus Pall. and others. The peculiarities of forming and uniqueness of steppe areas at the territory of Ukraine will be accented during the excursion.

2) To the National Dendrological Park "Sofiyivka" of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (wikipedia.org/wiki/Arboretum_Sofiyivka). It is situated in Uman’ city, Cherkasy region, about 200 km from Kyiv. The trip will be especial interesting for people who likes old parks and gardens.

The park "Sofiyivka" is one of the most beautiful parks in Ukraine. It is also known as a masterpiece of landscape gardening in many countries of the world. The park was built at the end of the XVIII and at the beginning of the XIX centuries. The history of the creation of the park is very romantic. The park was founded by Count Stanisław Szczęsny Potocki — one of the richest magnates in Poland of that time. The beauty of his wife Sofia impressed everyone who looked at her at least once. Sofia was Greek by origin and almost every corner of the park associated with legends and myths of ancient Greece.

The park of today is also known as a scientific center. Since 1955 it has been under the jurisdiction of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. "Sofiyivka" is the major institution of plant introduction and acclimatization in the Forest-Steppe Belt of Ukraine.

3) To the Holosiivskyi National Nature Park which is located within Kyiv, but it is a big island of natural vegetation in the megapolis area (wikipedia.org/wiki/Holosiivskyi_National_Nature_Park). The trip is simpler way to see Ukrainian nature without long and hard travel like in the point 1.

A variety of landscapes, significant biodiversity, lakes and wetlands, plus historical, cultural and ethnographic monuments define a high importance of the Holosiivskyi National Nature Park’s area for scientific research, monitoring of ecosystems and conservation, as well as use by locals of ecological trails.

The flora of the park includes about 650 species of vascular plants, 118 species of moss, and more than 60 species of fungi. Some of these species have conservation status of international, national or regional level. Among the vascular plants that grow in the park, 5 species are listed in Annex I of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, 24 species in the Red Data Book of Ukraine, and 29 species are regionally rare. Also the park has numerous age-old oaks, primroses and colorful cascades of the ponds.

As well Holosiivskyi National Nature Park and the surrounding areas have interesting historical past, manifestations of which are monuments of history, architecture and archeology. It found the remains of settlements of the Scythian period, Bronze Age, early Iron time, several ancient villages and settlements.