The Po Delta area is well known as one of the most famous Italian bird-ing hotspots, with more than 300 bird species, as well as a good number of other groups of animals and plants too (i.e. 41 species of mammals, 15 species of reptiles, 1000 plant species, etc.). The National Park is divided into six “stations” around the southern area of the Po Delta and the reserve is the sixth station.
The Valli di Argenta reserve, with its 1650 hectares of fresh water valleys, wet meadows and a strip of hygrophilous wood (150 hectares) repre-sents one of the most important and extended fresh water wetlands of Northern Italy. In 1976 this area has been declared as wetland of inter-national importance as defined by the Ramsar Convention. This is the only inland part of the Po Delta National Park to present fresh waters, that come from the early XXth century’s reclamation, now concentrated temporarily in overflow basins before being poured out into the Reno river; this is made in order to allow the area not to be hit again by disas-trous floods, as it happened in the past. From the Reno river the water follows its way to the Adriatic Sea.
The main hydraulic function of these valleys is undeniable and fundamen-tal to guarantee the safety of the Bologna lowland. But these wetlands also have a very high value in terms of biodiversity and are very impor-tant for the conservation of numerous water species: for example in our reserve there is one of the most important Italian colonies of Whiskered Terns, nesting among the widespread water lillies, that are abundant in the area.
The Valli di Argenta reserve is private: visits and the use of its available hides are upon reservation.
Wildlife & Birds :
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