Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Landscape to be discovered…a fluvial paradise

The old city centre of Ferrara is a UNESCO world heritage site together with the Po Delta and the ancient “delights” of the Este family dotted around the countryside which perfectly illustrate the influence of Renaissance culture on the natural landscape.

The Parco del Delta del Po is the largest regional park in Italy and is ideal for ecotourism, educational visits and sporting activities. This is a real paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers; humid areas, river branches, age-old woods, pinewoods and sand dunes: refuge to a beautiful and great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

BIRDWATCHING

Birdwatching is an increasingly widespread hobby with a growing number of bird lovers, experts or amateurs that travel searching particular species of birds, to watch them, listen to their song and follow their migrations. The Parco del Delta del Po features bird-watching itineraries with observation posts from which the local avifauna can be observed without disturbing it. 

Great variety of fauna: various species of European herons can be seen here (in particular grey herons and great egret) as well as ducks, a large number of black-winged stilts, the white stork, common snipe, little egret, mallard, black-crowned night heron and the little bittern as well as many other more or less common birds that nest here or pass here during migration according to the season.
Marina Romea is the best birdwatching site in the Parco del Delta, because it is near one of the most fascinating brackish, humid areas and also thanks to the Torretta di Valle Mandriole, the best observation point of the entire delta.

WHEN TO BIRDWATCH

Birdwatching can be done all year round. The phenomenon of bird migration offers the opportunity to sight unusual species. Many birds migrate to reproduce, find food and survive harsh climates. Thanks to this phenomenon birdwatchers can see birds of passage that stop over in a place during migration alongside resident breeders.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Suitable clothing must be worn according to the season. Comfortable clothing which blends with the surroundings is recommended.

Equipment usually includes a binocular (at least 7x is recommended) or a telescope on a tripod. A shelter can also be useful especially to watch suspicious species; it can be made simply of a camouflage sheet to be worn as a cape covering the head with an opening for binoculars or a teleobjective or any other more sophisticated and more practical fixed equipment used by the birder inside the shelter. A guide to help recognise birds is also necessary. Birdwatchers wishing to keep track of sightings need a notepad or a checklist listing the species to be ticked off when sighted indicating the number of times and any other information.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Many birdwatchers also like to photograph birds using very powerful and luminous lenses. Reflex cameras with focal length over 300 or 400 mm (for 35 mm camera) are the most suitable, possibly with auto-focus and image stabilisation. The use of a tripod is necessary. Some telescopes can be attached to cameras instead of using telephoto lenses. The technique used to magnify photos by combining a digital camera (compact or reflex) to a telescope is called digiscoping.

EXPLORATIONS AND ITINERARIES

Guided tours dedicated to Slow Tourism and the “slow” and deep contact with the environment through different means.
Birdwatching and slow tourism: excursions by bicycle, on foot, by boat, on horseback, local food and wine itineraries, birdwatching and photography lessons, educational workshops for children and many other activities.
All the activities are conceived following the concept of “slow tourism” to allow visitors to establish a true contact with the Delta area, famous for its incomparable landscapes and world-renowned fauna, which includes some rare bird species.

SOME ITINERARIES:

  • • Volano - Mesola - Goro: Valle Porticino-Canneviè and Valli Bertuzzi Along the bank of the River Po in the Goro area
  • • Comacchio: Vallette di Ostellato - From the Foce fishing station to Comacchio Salt Pans , Valle di Fossa Porto, and Valle Zavelea - Valle Furlana: from Boscoforte to Volta Scirocco
  • • Pineta San Vitale – Piallasse di Ravenna: Punte Alberete - Pinewoods of San Vitale and Pialassa della Baiona
  • • Pinewoods of Classe – Cervia Salt Pans Cervia: Between the Pinewoods of Classe and Ortazzo - Cervia Salt Pans
  • • Campotto di Argenta: Valle Santa

INFO: Itineraries

 

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