Albanian Alps

Eagles, wolves and ancient beechwood forests

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© Gabriel Schwaderer

Deep gorges and fairy-tale valleys lie hidden between the the imposing ridges and peaks of Albania's Alps in the North of the country. Sharp crests of limestone and steeply falling slopes lend the area a rough charm. But this harsh facade hides an unusual wealth of species and habitats. Lying shielded in the militarily sealed zone of the former Yugoslavian-Albanian border a matchless natural landscape was preserved.

Luxuriant forests are a particular feature of the landscape. Above the tree line alpine matten or pastures spread and here rare species such as the Wulfenia baldaccii flower flourish. Here as dawn comes the Golden Eagle can be seen gliding over dense forests. It shares this region with 200 other species of bird – all of them finding ample food. Wolves and– we presume – the extremely rare Balkan Lynx prowl these woods, too. The area is also one of the most important habitats in Albania for the Brown Bear. EuroNatur and its partners here are fighting to protect this irreplaceable element in the Balkan Green Belt.


Read more about this EuroNatur project for the protection of the Albanian Alps and about important nature conservation successes

 

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