About the park
Nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies - animal life galore
Founded in 1980, nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies consists of an around 25,453 hectare area encompassing the municipalities of Abtei / Badia, Prags / Braies, Toblach / Dobbiaco, Wengen / La Valle, Enneberg / Marebbe and Olang / Valdaora. The mountain slopes that overlook Pustertal / Val Pusteria form the northern boundary of the park; its western boundary comprises the forested slopes overlooking Gadertal / Val Badia valley; in the south, the park extends to the south Tyrol border; and Höhlensteintal / Val di Landro valley marks the park’s eastern boundary towards the Sextner Dolomiten / Dolomiti di Sesto.
The jagged peaks and slopes found here could easily create the impression of a virtually impenetrable mountainous region. But in reality, these rocky peaks and slopes surround and at the same time protect large expanses of Alpine pastures and highlands that exhibit tremendous morphological and landscape diversity and whose core elements are Fanesalm / Malga Fanes and Sennesalm / Malga Senes Alpine pastures and the Plätzwiese / Prato Piazza highlands.
Nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies exhibits a characteristic Dolomite landscape. Large portions of the park are of considerable scientific interest owing to their complex geomorphology. The Fanes and Sennes highlands are characterized by karstification in every imaginable form, namely solution grooves, crevices, shafts, dolines and hollows. The protected park area also contains a number of lakes, including Pragser Wildsee / Lago di Braies lake, whose surface reflects the massive slopes of Seekofel / Croda del Beco mountain, and Toblach / Dobbiaco lake, whose marshes on the lake’s southern bank provide an important habitat for many water bird species. These waterbodies are among the best known natural lakes in South Tyrol.
The park is part of the European-wide Natura 2000 sites, which aim to promote habitat, flora and fauna conservation and were established under the EU’s FFH Directive (92/43/EC) and Bird’s Directive (2009/147/EC). Article 6(1) of the FFH Directive requires EU member states to elaborate conservation measures for Natura 2000 sites, to which end the province of South Tyrol commissioned so called management plans.
Nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prag / Fanes-Senes-Braies municipalities:
- Toblach / Dobbiaco: pop. 3,319; surface area: 12,633 hectares; nature park area: 2,816 hectares
- Prags / Braies: pop. 669; surface area: 8,926 hectares; nature park area: 6,916 hectares
- Olang / Valdaora: pop. 3,114; surface area: 4,895 hectares; nature park area: 1,593 hectares
- Abtei / Badia: pop. 3,388; surface area: 8,294 hectares; nature park area: 1,924 hectares
- Enneberg / Marebbe / Mareo: pop. 2,945; surface area: 16,134 hectares; nature park area: 10,861 hectares
- Wengen / La Valle / La Val: pop. 1,300; surface area: 3,903 hectares; nature park area: 1,343 hectares
The Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature park executive board enables municipalities and various interest groups to have a say in how the park is managed and developed. The board also oversees the requisite maintenance work and conservation measures, makes recommendations, and approves the park’s annual work program.
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