Val Grande

Country/territory: Italy

IBA criteria met: C7 (2002)
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Area: 11,856 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description (2000 baseline)
A mountainous Alpine area, on the west side of Lake Maggiore, including the following valleys: Val Grande, Val Pogallo, Val Cannobina and the south side of Val Vigezzo. The area is almost uninhabited, and comprises one of the largest wildernesses in the Alps. It is mainly covered by broadleaved woodlands (beech Fagus), with coniferous woodlands, alpine grasslands, streams and rocky areas also present. The only current land-use is nature conservation.

Key biodiversity
The area is rich in breeding species of forests and mountains, including raptors, gamebirds, owls and woodpeckers.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Val Grande. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.