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Flora and fauna

Lake Caldaro - above all the protected area on its southern shore - is a real paradise for aquatic plants and animals

Countless birds, amphibians, dragonflies and fish species, but also water plants have found a perfect habitat in and around Lake Caldaro. This lake, covering a surface of 1.47 sq km, is richly inhabited by fresh water mussels as well as numerous fish species, for example carp, tench, pike, pike perch, perch, black bass and even eels - they reach impressive sizes and weights.

As the Lake Caldaro Biotope on the southern lakeside is located along one of the most important routes taken by migratory birds across the world, it serves as a stopover and a haven of tranquillity for cormorants, grey herons, purple herons and white storks, as well as ruffs, plovers, black-headed gulls, black terns and cranes. Among the resident birds you can spot water pipits, bitterns, common linnets, wrynecks, western yellow wagtails and leaf warblers. Also numerous dragonflies, water frogs and wall lizards occur, while mallard ducks swim along the shore.

Blackthorns and almond trees, willows and field elms, as well as redstem and celandine grow on the western shore, while the southern part of Lake Caldaro is characterised by moors and swamps with the typical black and silver poplars. On the eastern lakeside there's a downy oak forest, where the Solomon's seal, the liverleaf and the Matthiola blossom. Vineyards and fruit orchards, however, define the surroundings of the villages of Termeno and Caldaro.

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