The long and narrow Dascio lake is an exceptional vantage point to watch birds, with or without binoculars. From here walk towards Sorico, then turn left and cross the bridge leading to the Nature Reserve. The trail highlights the protected area’s peculiarities. The Reserve’s visitors centre, where you will be able to get information on the most interesting conservation points and on guided tours, is easily reachable from here. Then the trail will take you, on the straight stretch to the Adda River mouth, to a small parking lot, where a Reserve information panel can be found. Along the way, on the river’s right bank, you will observe great crested grebes, coots, swans, ospreys, tufted ducks, and mallards. Just before the estuary of the Adda River you will find an area that was recently revitalized by the Consorzio and now presents itself as a network of ponds linked to the Mezzola Lake. The pond area is an ideal spot to understand the importance of wetlands for biodiversity, especially for amphibians and aquatic invertebrates. Once you get to the mouth of the Adda, you can turn back onto the main road and to the bus stop where you can catch a bus to Colico, Delebio, or Verceia.
Source: Arianna Aceti, Pian di Spagna Nature Reserve
Environment, NATURA2000, Protected areas
The Pian di Spagna Nature reserve is on the Spluga migratory route for birds and is one of the of the Alps’ shortest crossing points. Here many migratory routes cross and, during winter, the area is a refuge for several wetland birds. Wetlands are of crucial importance for the survival of many animal and plant species and particularly for birds, as a stopover site during migration. The area constitutes a unique example in Lombardy of the complex interaction of humans and animals in building a biodiversity-rich habitat.
Many wetland species of continental interest are present in the area. Also very significant is the presence of wetland birds, both nesting and wintering. Of outstanding interest is the nesting colony of mute swan. The otter has been observed in the area.
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For further information, please contact:
Consorzio Riserva Naturale Pian di Spagna - Lago di Mezzola
Sede: Via Della Torre 1/A - 22010 Sorico (CO)
Tel: 0039 344/84251
Fax: 0039 344/94556
Fauna, Natura2000 species
Insects: Cerambix cerdo
Amphibians: Bombina variegata
Birds: Bubo bubo, Aquila chrysaetos, Tetrao urogallus, Lanius collurio
Bats: Rhinolophus ferrumequinum, Myotis blythi, Myotis myotis
Other species of interest:
Mammals: roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), Eurasian badger (Meles meles), least weasel (Mustela nivalis)
Extra information: riservanatpiandispagna.it
Protected areas, proposed Emerald sites, Natura 2000 sites
The Lake Mezzola and Pian di Spagna area is an internationally protected wetland area under the Ramsar (Iran) Convention and, as an important stopover site for migratory birds, it is also a recognized IBA site (Important Bird Area).
WWF’s tips for hikers
Plan each stage carefully, purchase a 1:25000 map, use light but sturdy equipment (hiking boots, rain cape, binoculars…). Be sure to carry a small supply of water and food. We suggest you taste local food (possibly organic) at resting places and restaurants.
Do not litter, do not pick up flowers or rocks and in no way disturb the local fauna. It is unsafe for inexperienced hikers to leave the marked trails and it may cause disturbance to wildlife.
Alternative A: Piano di Spagna - Colico
Alternative B: Southern Nature Trail of the Pian di Spagna Nature Reserve
Alternative C: Northern Nature Trail of the Pian di Spagna Nature Reserve
Next stage: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 10
Stage before: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 8
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Tour history (B01361)
First published: Sonntag, 23. März 2008
Last updated: Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014
Tour published by: GPS-Tracks.com powered by GEO-Tracks GmbH