The Corno di Trodena natural park offers a unique natural diversity.
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The Corno di Trodena nature park includes an area of 6,851 hectares and comprises the municipalities of Anterivo, Montagna, Trodena, Egna and Salorno. This nature park offers the greatest variety of flora and fauna in South Tyrol, which is referable to the sub-mediterranean climate that prevails in this area.
Downy oaks, manna ashes and copsewood are the main component types of vegetation of this nature park, shining in different colours in all seasons. Larch forests between Trodena and Anterivo, wetland areas such as the moor at Lakes Bianco and Nero. The “Lange Moos” and the “Pera Schupf”, however, provide unique red-golden impressions for all the family in autumn.
Two types of stones dominate the Corno di Trodena nature park, on the one hand the dolostone, also called Dolomite rock, on the other hand the red-brown quartz-porphyry, both dating back to the times of volcanoes and glaciers that have characterised the landscape in the course of millenniums.
The Corno di Trodena visitors’ centre offers exhibitions as well as guided tours in the warm season. An ancient electric mill hosts this building. This mill has been softly restored, offering a vast variety of information. A small corn field outside also makes part of the visitor’s centre, a herb garden as well as an amphibian pond, too. The visitors of this centre have the opportunity to learn more about nature, the cultural landscape, hiking destinations and the history of culture. By the way, there is a special programme for kids. The visitors’ centre is open from end of March to the end of October.
Biotopes, so to speak a protected area of the landscape, can be found in several places: particularly striking in Appiano are for example the Ice Holes, the Valle della Primavera (spring valley) close to the Monticolo forest, which is a protected area for good reasons. In Caldaro, however, the southern lakeside has become an area that is particularly worth to be protected, as it represents the nesting place for a multitude of birds. Also Castelvetere and the biotopes at the Adige river belonging to the municipality of Cortina all’Adige are worth to be mentioned as areas that deserve particular protection.