Zona Speciale di Conservazione Palude Moretto

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Cod. RN2000: IT3320027
Surface Area: 39,00 ha
Provinces: UD
  •  (photo by Stefano Zanini)

One of the last wetlands in the Friuli plain

his site is located within the springs of the Friuli plain and plays a key role in terms of ecological connection. It actually represents one of the residual edges, even if very deteriorated, of low alkaline peat bogs, with significant surfaces of flooded woods (91E0). This site is also important for some less-moving species such as Italian agile frog (Rana latastei) and Italian crested newt (Triturus carnifex), amphibians included in Annex II of the Habitat Directive. Among the bird species, the presence in the reproductive period of Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Little bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) and Red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) should be noted. Recently there has been an increase in observations of Pygmy cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus), an entity that is increasing throughout north-eastern Italy. The most open environments and peat bogs contain individuals of Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) and Montagu’s harrier (Circus pygargus) in the feeding phase.

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