FR29+C6 Pontremoli MS, Italia
A gem of Lunigiana, Brattello Forest occupies an area of 322 hectares in the Municipality of Pontremoli. It extends along the northern border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, along the Brattello Pass (953 m asl), a centuries-old link between the Duchy of Parma, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Malaspina lands.
Originally occupied by pastures and coppice woods, reforestation of conifers and broad-leaved trees began in the early 20th century, and today you can find black pines, beeches, chestnuts and Turkey oaks. Hare, roe deer, wild boar and fox are widespread in the area, while red squirrels can be spotted in the coniferous and broad-leaved woods. More difficult to spot are porcupines, badgers, weasels, stone martens and the very shy skunk. Among the numerous forest birds, there's also bunting, a protected species, and the important presence of the honey buzzard, as well as buzzards and the sparrow hawk.
To date, the forest is part of the Tuscany Region's heritage and is managed, by delegation, by the “Unione di Comuni Montana Lunigiana”; state-owned forests are very often characterised by a centuries-old history and represent a natural heritage for the benefit of all.