Pian di Spangna e Lago di Mezzola

Lombardia  >  Italy

The Nature Reserve Pian di Spagna and Lake Mezzola covers an area slightly less than 1600 hectares at the upper end of Lake Como.

Added by Graham Chisholm


The reserve includes Lake Mezzola as well as a flat wetland and agricultural area that separates it from the upper end of Lake Como. The site is surrounded by the Alps. This sites provides excellent year-round birding. During the winter months significant numbers of waterfowl and winter finches and raptors, while during migration and summer nesting waterbirds are joined by a diversity of migratory and nesting passerines. Some of the nice birds you can see here are Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe), Merlin, Red-backed Shrike, Red Kite and Great Bittern.



By train:  Milano/Tirano – departure Milano (Central Station) destination Sondrio/Tirano. Stop Colico if you like to see the southern part, otherwise change train: take the one direction Chiavenna and stop in Novate Mezzola. Here you can visit the northern part of the nature reserve.  There is also a local station at Dubino (mid-way between Colico and Novate Mezzola) that is convenient for walking directly onto the reserve.

By car: – from Milano, Lecco take S.S.36 (Milano – Lecco – Colico) – from Como take S.S.340 Regina – from the north Passo Spluga (close in winter) and from passo del Maloja take S.S. 37.path n.1

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Lake, Agriculture, Scattered trees and bushes, River, Reedbeds


Flat, Swampy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Spring migration, Autumn migration


Unpaved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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