The Southernmost Magra River Protected Area
This is one of the most interesting sites along the Magra river: in this point its bed widens in order to welcome the waters of the Aulella stream and its numerous tributaries that flow through the valleys descending from the Cerreto and Carpinelli passes.
Upstream from this confluence, along the stretch of river that flows parallel to the Appennine mountains before rapidly turning right towards the town of Santo Stefano di Magra and the territories of Liguria, there is a natural reserve that covers 373 hectares of land. A safe haven for migratory and sedentary birds offering the ideal conditions for life and reproduction with its willow groves, black alder forests and mixed vegetation that provide food and protection. An oasis that also fosters aquatic invertebrates and trout, vairones, south european roaches and barbels – the typical fish of the Tuscan-Lazio freshwater areas that are now increasingly at risk due to the destruction of many fluvial environments.
The management of this natural reserve – as well as the Filattiera reserve – is entrusted in the hands of Legambiente Lunigiana that also supervises the guided tours, the entertainment activities and annexed equipped areas. Therefore, not only is it possible to stroll down the nearly 10 kilometers of trails that develop along the river’s course but there are also easily accessible play areas and a recreational fishing lake where the management often organizes educational and fun activities for children.
Collective outings dedicated to birdwatching, naturalistic photography workshops, study field trips, events consecrated to the promotion of biodiversity and summer camps for children really make this place one of a kind, a must-see destination for nature lovers.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana