OASI WWF GUARDIAREGIA-CAMPOCHIAROThe ‘WWF Guardiaregia is located along the Apennine foothills of the Matese (from 600 to 1823 m altitude), in the municipalities of Guardiaregia and Campochiaro. It ‘was established in 1997 with an agreement between the WWF Italy and the municipal administration of Guardiaregia. Subsequently, the boundaries were extended into the territories of the neighboring town of Campochiaro. Overall, today the WWF Guardiaregia-Campochiaro, with its 2187 acres, is the second largest Italian oasis of the WWF.

The main environmental components that characterize much of the Oasis Guardiaregia-Campochiaro are forest cover and high connotation karst landscape. The territory of the protected area is divided into three homogeneous areas: Monte Mutria, the gorges of the river Quirino and the forests of the Karst area between the river valley and the river Quirino. The Monte Mutria (1823 m altitude) marks the natural border between Campania and Molise and is characterized by extensive beech woods that reach almost to its summit, where some large sinkholes, home to the typical high-altitude meadows of the Apennines. The gorges of the River Quirino feature spectacular karst, with gorges, waterfalls and caves, which are among the lowest depths of Europe. About four kilometers long, are covered by water only during certain times of the year. The phenomenon of intermittency of some of the sources that feed into the course, however, allows the maintenance of a high quantity of water even in dry periods, however, favoring the proliferation of flora and fauna.

Flora and fauna
The vegetation aspects of the Oasis belong to three main groups: – the beech forests with yew and holly; – Forests of the valleys consist mainly of lime, sycamore, maple and curly maple Lobel in association with several other herbaceous species; – The high-altitude meadows and Sesleria dimorpha Festuca tenuifolia. As for the wildlife population, the Oasis of Guardiaregia-Campochiaro there are no more large mammals with the exception of the wolf. Ungulates are now extinct in the province of Campobasso, therefore, the occasional sightings of deer and roe deer, also reported in some areas of the oasis, are to be attributed to specimens from repopulation carried out elsewhere for hunting purposes. The wild boar is today still well represented with large populations although not native, because of misguided entries aimed to hunting. However, the wildlife population of the Oasis can still be considered valuable for both the number of species for which the size of the populations. The marten, marten, weasel, dormouse the dormouse in addition to the fox, badger, hare and several species of bats are some of the mammals found in the oasis. As for the birds, including birds of prey there are buzzards, red kite, the honey buzzard, peregrine falcon, lanner, long-eared owl, the tawny owl, barn owl, and the horned owl, while it is likely the presence of owl. The chough, the green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch are just some of the many passerines surveyed area; the rock partridge, historically found on Mount Mutria, has recently been reintroduced. Witness a high degree of biodiversity and necessarily a good level of conservation of the habitats there are also numerous amphibians, reptiles and fish; among these, we note the Apennine fire salamander, the salamander, frog Italian, the slow worm, Aesculapius and the brown trout.