Spread over an area of 1,568 hectares, the Special Nature Reserve of the Confluence of the Dora Baltea (also called the Baraccone Reserve, named after a farmhouse that stands nearby), is one of the largest, wildest, richest and most interesting areas of the Po, both for fauna and for vegetation. The numerous and abundant plant species favor nesting and footsteps. Very vast and suggestive, also from the landscape point of view, is the zone of the confluence of the Dora Baltea, whose waters in case of flood invade a network of lanche among the most beautiful and populated of birds and fish of the entire Piedmontese stretch of the river Po. Typical of this area and also interesting from a bio-fauna point of view is the phenomenon of the encounter between the icy waters of the Dora Baltea and the warm waters of the Po, which flow parallel without mixing for a few hundred meters. The Baraccone reserve extends totally on the plain, in the provinces of Turin and Vercelli, but is very close to the hills of Monferrato and is characterized by the historic presence of the Rocca di Verrua.
The area of the Baraccone or Confluence of the Dora Baltea in the Po is also a Special Conservation Zone and a Special Protection Zone.
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