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The mountain group of the Beigua is one of the richest areas in biodiversity in the Liguria region. Known for the migration of the birds of prey such as short-toed snake eagle, has recently seen the return to nesting of the golden eagle together with the eagle owl, the rock thrush, and the white throat.

The wolf lives on the most arduous roads and from the seaward spurs it is possible to see the whales.The typical blooming of the Mediterranean maquis shrubland gives way to the high altitude peat bogs. Among the multicoloured endemic floral species (Viola Bertolonii, Cerastium utriense, Asplenium cuneifolium, Daphne cneorum and Cheilante s marantae ), live peculiar example of the minor fauna (like the Montpellier snake, the Alpine newt, the crested newt, the common frog, etc.) and the typical ungulates of the Ligurian Apennine (wild boars, roe deers, and fallow deers).

The area, which is a "Special Protected Zone" (European Directive 79/409 "Birds"), is considered one of the most important  zoological area in Liguria.

Thanks to its geographical position here merge the routes of many migratory birds such as the stork and many daily birds of prey. During springs they fly over these crests (harrier eagle/mid March, duck-hawk/early April, pern/mid May).

According to ornithologists more than 5.000 birds of prey pass through the lands behind Arenzano in spring.

Info: Ente Parco Beigua - tel. +39 010 8590300 -email: info@parcobeigua.it   Website: www.parks.it/parco.beigua


THE WHALE SANCTUARY

The sea botton in the depths of  Ligurian Sea is marked by sections of submerging volcanic masses: the rocky setting is the habitat of white bream, saddled bream, wrasses and scorpion fish, while in the sandy areas you will find soles, mullet various  sea perch and wealth of sea shells.

The sea currents cause sometimes very  rough, allows  deep-sea nutritive substances to float in the water. This phenomenon is due also to the blowing of winter winds which spread these nutritive substances in the sea water.

That's why, every summer common rorquals, dolphins and sperm whales, meet in an area covering Tuscany, Liguria and Côte d’Azur.To preserve the numerous marine specie, sthis  area of 87,500 sq. km is subject to an agreement between Italy, Monaco and France for the protection of marine mammals, which live in it and it's named Pelagos Whale Sanctuary