Alp Flix moorland – "treasure island" for species diversity

Sur

Residenza Plaz Bivio: Sicht von der Residenza Plaz auf Bivio

Residenza Plaz Bivio: Sicht von der Residenza Plaz auf Bivio

Bergün - Schneesportgebiet Darlux

Bergün - Schneesportgebiet Darlux

Bergün - Schweiz, Graubünden

Bergün - Schweiz, Graubünden

Blick auf das Dorf und die Albulalinie

Blick auf das Dorf und die Albulalinie

Bahnhof Bergün

Bahnhof Bergün

Bergün Dorf

Bergün Dorf

Savognin, Savoldellis Berghaus Radons

Savognin, Savoldellis Berghaus Radons

Savognin - Somtgant

Savognin - Somtgant

Somtgant

Somtgant

Savognin Dorf

Savognin Dorf

Bergrestaurant Tigignas, Savognin

Bergrestaurant Tigignas, Savognin

Savoldellis Berghaus Radons

Savoldellis Berghaus Radons

Stierva

Stierva

Davos - Monstein

Davos - Monstein

Monstein

Monstein

Alp Flix

Alp Flix

The combination of intensively used meadows, upland and lowland moors provides the habitat for vast numbers of species of plants and animals.

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Up on the Alp Flix, above Sur, they were counted in the year 2000: on a "Species Diversity Day" around the Alp Flix, researchers counted 2092 different species. They also discovered a previously unknown species of dung fly, which now bears the name of the Alp Flix: "Rhexoza flixella".

Cleared and utilised by the Walser people in the 16th century and still a place of residence today, a large meadow was created here which is again inhabited and farmed all year round. The Alp Flix is a protected moorland landscape of national significance. Ice Age glaciers once carved out the wide plain here and created a gradual relief landscape of crests and hollows. Raised bogs and fens developed where the groundwater and stream water gathered.

There is also a research trail for children on the Alp Flix. The researcher kit includes a magnifying cup, spider catcher and lots more. It is available from the region’s tourist offices and hotels.

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