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.
The area is rich in breeding species of forests and mountains, including raptors, gamebirds, owls and woodpeckers.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Val Grande. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/06/2020.