Fauna of Pshav-Khevsureti

There is a bird, whose voice is always heard in Pshavi and Khevsureti as well as in all the highest passes and peaks of Caucasus. This is Caucasian Snowcock- quite big (the size of a hen) and an almost invisible bird, whose whistle is one of the most common sounds of in the Caucasus. Still this bird is … Read more

Healing and Agricultural Plants

Pshav-Khevsureti has a long history of natural medical practices. This is due to the isolation of the region and difficulty when importing medicine. Therefore, local dwellers specialized in the use of herbs and other natural resources in medical practices. Khevsureti’s and Pshavi’s “Wise Women” are known for their skills. For centuries they have performed complex operations, for example head … Read more

Relicts and Endemic species

In the flora of Pshavi and Khevsureti we can find many relict and endemic species, such as a unique type of Yew, Caucasian Rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasicum), two types of Birch (Betula litwinowii, B. raddeana) In Georgia only in the area of Shatili and Tsukio (on the right bank of the river Andaqistskali) we encounter the Armenian Rowan (Sorbus hajestana), … Read more

Forest vegetation

Forests that are located on the banks of the rivers are composed of alder-trees (Alnus barbata, A. incana) and fused with willow trees (Salix exelsa, S.alba). In some places Black Poplar (Populus nigra) and White Poplar (Populus canescens) can be encountered. In the southern slopes oak forests are to be found dominated by the Georgian Oak (Quercus petraea subsp. iberica). … Read more