Parco Fluviale Regionale del Taro...the bird park

The park covers 2,500 hectares following the Taro River for 20 km. This park is of great ornithological interest as it hosts more than 270 species of birds; of particular interest the migratory avifauna. Some birds such as the little tern, common tern, stone curlew, and little ringed plover nest on the exposed river bed, while others, such as the black-crowned night heron and the little egret, nest in the riparian woods. The sheltered meanders are populated by ducks.


The upper terraces of the park are mainly covered by woods with trees (willows, poplars and alders) and shrubs (hazelnut, cornelian cherry and common hawthorn). Reeds and rushes stand out in the canals of resurgent water and in stagnant water, while a rare botanical species grows in the meadows - the Coriaria myrtifolia - which in this region can only be found along the river.


There are many places of interest worth visiting in the park: the row of mulberry trees, the Chiesa di Madregolo, Villa Anguissola, Corte di Giarola, the Chiesa di Oppiano, and the Pieve of Fornovo. For hikers or visitors wishing to learn more about the area we recommend the walks detailed below. Lakes of Medesano: 1 hour. Noceto trail: 2 hours. Oppiano trail: 2 hours. From Corte di Giarola to Oppiano: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Ozzano trail: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Chiesuole: 1 hour. Felegara: 2 hours and 30 minutes. Fornovo Taro: 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Park headquarters, Strada Giarola 11 (tra Gaiano e Collecchio, a destra venendo da Collecchio)
Tel. +39 0521 802688 Fax +39 0521 305732
info@parcotaro.it - www.parcotaro.it

Borgo della Pulce Environmental Education centre, Strada Giarola, 7 - 43044 Collecchio (PR)
Tel. +39 0521 802688

Corte di Giarola Visitor Centre, Corte di Giarola - Strada Giarola, 11 - 43044 Collecchio (PR)
Tel. +39 0521 802688 - Fax +39 0521 305732




How to get here

Take the A15 Parma-La Spezia motorway and exit at Parma Ovest or Fornovo Taro. From Parma take the SS 62 Cisa road to Collecchio, then take one of the municipal roads leading to the river (in Ponte Scodogna, Gaiano, Ozzano and Riccò).

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