Zona Speciale di Conservazione Palude del Preval

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Cod. RN2000: IT3330001
Surface Area: 14,00 ha
Provinces: GO
  •  (photo by S. Zanini)
  •  (photo by S. Zanini)

Lakes originated from the excavation of old peat bogs in progressive renaturation

This relatively small ZSC is located in the Preval plain, characterized by the presence of wetlands in a hilly area. The site intercepts the migratory routes of different bird species that use to stop in this area during their migratory movements. Among the bird species, the presence of little bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) and red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) should be remarked. In winter hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) is relatively common, while western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) and Montagu’s harrier (Circus pygargus) appear during their migratory movements. Wetlands also host significant populations of crested newt (Triturus carnifex) and Italian agile frog (Rana latastei). In the vast area there is also the presence of the wild cat (Felis silvestris) that is linked more to hilly woodlands but which occasionally appears on the site for trophic purposes. From the habitat point of view, it has a significant potential for aquatic species and hygrophilous forests, that are developing thanks to the abandonment.

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