Nature and flora in Preveza

Preveza’s unique mix of forests, wetlands, sea coasts and fresh water rivers provide the region with an impressive array of trees, bushes, plants, flowers and reeds. This variety of vegetation is imperative to the sustainability of the large eco-system found within the region.

Lake Ziros
This natural lake and surrounding area resembles a Swiss landscape more than that of Greece. It’s a place of undeniable beauty and one enjoyed by hikers, kayakers, canoers, and bird watchers. The abundance of Black Pine and Beech Trees along with a stunning array of wildflowers makes Lake Ziros an unforgettable destination for travellers.

Dimos Anogeiou
The district of Anogeios comprises the northeast corner of Preveza and enjoys a higher altitude than the rest of the region. The cooler climate and presence of mountains in the region has attributed to its unique range of flora.

 


Acherontas River
The banks and delta of the Acherontas River are a joy to hike through and also constitute an invaluable ecosystem for the species in the area. The thick vegetation that runs along the river includes Oak, Walnut and Laurel trees. There is also an abundance of pine trees, wild roses and a variety of bushes.

 

Kalodiki Marsh
This incredible marsh lies in the northernmost section of the prefecture and spills into part of neighbouring Ioannina region as well. Despite the fact that it occupies a space between 100 -150 meters (depending on which season it is) the Kalodiki Marsh is an invaluable ecosystem with over 300 types of plants, 120 species of birds, 20 different mammals, 11 reptiles, 5 kinds of amphibians and several fish species. It’s part of the Natura 2000 initiative designed to protect such important ecological environments.
Within the marsh, several types of plants can be found including lilies, White Willow Trees, Holm Oaks and White Poplars.

 

Louros River
The Louros River flows from Mt. Tomaros in the neighbouring region of Ioannina to the North. From there it flows through the eastern section of Preveza region and empties into the Amvrakikos Gulf. One of the interesting features is the bluish almost aqua colour present in some of the sections of the river. It has been a lifeline to the inhabitants of the region from the early Palaeolithic period, and researchers suggest that the settlement of nearby Kokkinopilos was able to flourish to the height it did thanks to the bounty the river provided. A hydroelectric dam has been built on it and the national power company DEH is greatly supported by the currents that the river provides. Sadly, humans have not shown their gratitude, and the Louros River has been severely polluted for several years. The sorry state of the river has forced local authorities to ban any water activities such as rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Despite this, the paths along the river are still a joy to walk. Birds such as Dalmatian Pelicans, ducks, Black-winged Stilts and Spoonbills still find shelter and sustenance here and if you’ll lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of some of these majestic animals. The river is also blessed with thick vegetation and trees such as Elm and Ash trees as well as a beautiful array of lilies and orchids.


 


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