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Largest Nature Park in Switzerland created.

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Parc Ela, the largest nature park in Switzerland, has been officially opened. The park covers an area of 600 square kilometres is rich in scenery and cultural assets of national importance.

No museum
Economics minister Joseph Deiss said it was not a museum but "a space in which people live in respect of nature and the countryside".

He added that the nature park should help promote sustainable use of the mountain region, which the government was prepared to actively support.
 
Parc Ela, which takes its name from the Piz Ela peak at 3,338 metres above sea level, is three and a half times the size of the Swiss National Park and is located in the heart of Graubünden in the region of Albula-Bergün and Savognin-Bivio.

A quarter of the park's surface is for the most part untouched nature, while a third consists of moors and meadowland.
 

Wildlife of Parc Ela.

  • Mammals: Ibex, Red Deer, Marmot, Ermine, Weasel, Roe deer, Fox.
  • Birds: Golden eagle, Ptarmigan, Capercaillie,
  • Three-toed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Chough, Red-billed Chough, Eurasian Jackdaw, Hazel Grouse, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Black Grouse.