State Oriented Natural Reserve Valley of the Argentino River - Calabria

State Oriented Natural Reserve Valley of the Argentino River - Calabria

Type of protected area - Where it is located

Typology: State Oriented Nature Reserve; established with D.M.A.M.B. July 21, 1987, n. 425; falls within the Pollino National Park.
Region: Calabria
Province: Cosenza

The State Oriented Natural Reserve of the Argentino River Valley affects the river bed of the same name, with the presence of mixed woods of holm oak, Turkey oak, downy oak, mountain maple, greater ash and hazel; occupies an area of ​​3,980 hectares (between 200 and 1,200 meters above sea level) in the municipality of Orsomarso (CS); it also constitutes a Special Protection Area pursuant to Directive 79/409 / EEC Conservation of wild birds. The main purpose of the reserve is to safeguard an exceptional wilderness area.

State Oriented Natural Reserve Valley of the Argentino River


The Argentino River Valley Reserve is located in the homonymous valley in the Orsomarso Mountains; it is characterized by steep ridges, rocky walls, steep slopes and deep incisions carved by the lateral streams of the Argentino river, which originates from the Piani di Novacco. The valley is characterized by humid environments and forests of holm oak, Turkey oak, downy oak and Mediterranean shrubs. In the woods there are also chestnuts, ash trees, wild cherry trees, Neapolitan alders and, at higher altitudes, loricate pine and black pine. Among mammals, the presence of an autochthonous nucleus of Italian roe deer has disappeared, now disappeared over a large part of its Apennine range; among other species, we remember the wolf, the squirrel, the wild cat, the wild boar, the marten, the marten, the skunk, the weasel, the badger, the Italic hare, the fox, the driomio. Among the nesting birds we find: the golden eagle, the peregrine falcon, the rock partridge, the black woodpecker, the buzzard, the dipper, the song thrush, the tordela, the kestrel, the sparrow hawk, the sparrow hawk, the barn owl, the barn owl, the imperial crow, the green woodpecker, the ruler, the collared nurse, the alpine vines, the bullfinch, the eagle owl.

Information for the visit

Viale della Repubblica, 26
87100 Cosenza

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