Aree Naturalistiche



The Adda Sud is a regional, fluvial and agricultural park and includes various towns of Lodi and Cremona Provinces. As well as riverside woods, the protected area also encompasses marshy areas consisting of oxbows that the river Adda has formed over time as it changed course. The vegetation landscape is characterized by wooded areas, wetlands and river beaches.  The wetlands are remarkable from a naturalistic point of view.Fauna consists mainly of birds, with no less than three heronries in the park. Fish fauna includes river lamprays, while mammals of interest are skunks in the better preserved wetlands and dormice in the more extensive woods.  


Towards the end of the Sixties, the abandonment of agricultural activities favoured the progressive substitution of pastures, poplars and rice paddies with reed beds separated at intervals by bands of trees and bushes typical of Po Plain wetlands. Influenced by the presence of spring waters, the vegetation evolved into the present floodplain wet woods comprising low vegetation, in the wetter areas, and stands of softwood trees. The aspect of greatest faunistic interest in the Monticchie nature reserve is a large heronry, a colony of nesting herons. The presence of water shrimp and a very rare red frog called the Lataste frog testify to the good quality of the spring water.


The entire surface of the Park is criss-crossed by canals flowing with water from the Mortone spring, and where numerous species of fish can be observed either from the canal banks or from original underwater observatories, which open a window onto the mysterious world living just below the surface of the water. The overall landscape is that of a fluvial area, densely wooded and planted with trees indigenous to the Po Plain, that faithfully reproduces the riverside wetlands of Lombardy’s rivers. The entire park has been naturally colonized by spontaneous plants such as larch, reeds, cattail and canes and inhabited by extremely varied fauna, including mallard ducks, moorhens, coots and herons, as well as hedgehogs, weasles, stone martens, voles, dormice, green lizards, frogs and dragonflies.