Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: Regional Oriented Natural Reserve; D.P.G.R. March 27, 1984 n. 299
Emilia Romagna region
The Bosco della Frattona Nature Reserve extends over the low hill area west of Imola between Sellustra and Santerno; it occupies an area of approximately 19 hectares, in the Municipality of Imola, which is entrusted with the management of the protected area.
Bosco della Frattona Nature Reserve (photo Emmaboshi)
The wooded area provides a limited, but interesting, example of the ancient forest that covered the high plain at the foot of the Apennines before the cultivation extended. The tree cover that occupies almost the entire surface of the reserve is only apparently homogeneous. Upon closer examination, the wood looks like a mosaic: in the different areas exposure and slope of the slopes change, availability of light, thickness and characteristics of the soil, humidity, nature and intensity of human intervention; and consequently the vegetation cover changes. The southernmost belt, especially where the forest is limited by cultivation, develops on a bright plateau and, in the summer months, rather dry. The area is occupied by a beautiful forest of young oaks where oak and oak dominate, almost indistinguishable from the presence of numerous hybrids, which are accompanied by other species with varying frequency.
The fauna of the reserve is typical of the hilly belt close to the plain, even if the mature forest environment favors richer and more diversified presences compared to cultivated areas or coppice woods. Among the mammals there are: squirrel, dormouse, dormouse, wild mouse, red vole, hare, hedgehog, shrew, fox, badger, marten, skunk, weasel and roe deer.
Information for the visit
Municipality of Imola - Environment Office
Via Mazzini, 4
40026 Imola (BO)
Tel. 0542 602344