Interesting places

Over 60 Natura 2000 sites are taking part in the testing phase of the LIFE Green List for N2K project. Here we profile some of the protected areas and the individual characteristics which contribute to making them such interesting places.

Paklenica National Park, Croatia

Paklenica National Park contains the largest and best preserved forest in Croatia's Dalmatia region, making it home to some unique fauna, including brown bears, wolves and lynxes. This national park is part of the EU's Natura 2000 network of protected areas, and is currently taking part in the @LIFEProgramme Green List for N2K project.

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paklenica national park croatia_dujo busljeta Photo: Dujo Busljeta


Oasis of Orbetello, Italy

The Oasis of Orbetello’s large lagoon, coastal dunes and meadows makes it the perfect habitat for many species of birds. Its position along the migratory route means that it sees the concentration of thousands of birds, especially in winter, like flamingos, great egrets, Eurasian spoonbills and ospreys. The lagoon, which is situated just north of Rome, is participating in the testing phase of the LIFE funded Green List for Natura 2000 project.

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laguna_salicornia_avocette_f.cianchi.jpg Photo: f.cianchi


Wörschacher Moos und ennsnahe Bereiche

The Natura 2000 site "Wörschacher Moos und ennsnahe Bereiche" is one of the largest remaining areas of moorland in Austria. One of the rarest orchid species in Austria, the fen orchid, as well as the rare and highly endangered marsh fritillary butterfly, can both be found in the outer fringes of the raised bog areas of the site. Bird species such as corncrake and winchat breed in the fens of the site, and a variety of migratory birds can be found feeding and resting in the wet meadows in spring and autumn.

This N2K site is currently participating in the testing phase of the LIFEGreen List for N2K project. Find out more about this project here:
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Typical fenland or marshmeadow habitat Photo: Gerhard Schmiedhofer.


Dealurile Târnavei Mici – Bicheș

The Natura 2000 site "Dealurile Târnavei Mici – Bicheș" is a site of major importance for large carnivores in Romania, including the grey wolf (Canis lupus), the brown bear (Ursus arctos) and the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). The site is particularly crucial for the brown bear, as it provides feeding sites for the species during summer and winter, as well as corridors allowing the animals to cross between the Gurghiu Mountains and areas of lower altitude.

The site overlaps with another Natura 2000 site “Dealurile Târnavelor și Valea Nirajului”, which is of particular importance for at least 39 different bird species in Romania, including the Lesser spotted eagle (Aquila pomarina), the European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus), and the corn crake (Crex crex).

Both N2K sites are currently participating in the testing phase of the LIFE Green List for N2K project.

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Dealurile Târnavei Mici – Bicheș Photo: Kovrig Zoltan


Les Etangs de l’Armagnac 

Les Etangs de l’Armagnac are part of an outstanding wetland area extending over 90,000 hectares located in the Occitanie region, in France. Created in the Middle-Age by Cistercian monks to provide food and energy, the multitude of small ponds constitute today habitat for a rich biodiversity, namely for the Critically Endangered European Mink, the European Pond Turtle and the Purple Heron. This unique site is part of the EU’s Natura 2000 network of protected areas, and is currently taking part in the LIFE Green List for N2K project.

Les Etangs de l’Armagnac Photo: Claire LEMOUZY







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