Birdwatching is one of the main activities that can be done in the Po Delta Park: it gives hospitality to varied bird species, which find the perfect retreat in this fascinating area. The avifaunist environment is one of the most varied in Southern Europe and it hasn’t anything to envy to the famous deltas of the continent.
Tens of thousands of anatids, also of the rarest species, then shorebirds, herons and rails. Among the various species we must remember, with some hundred nesting pairs, avocets, black-winged stilts, shelducks, black-tailed godwit and sandwich terns.
Let’s not forget that for some time spoonbills have returned to nest in this area, after centuries on the run, from Eastern Europe.
The most recommended seasons to carry out this activity are spring and autumn; armed with binoculars, ricognition guides and sportswear, birdwatchers will find the Po Delta Park the perfect locations for their sightings.
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The Po Delta Park is the perfect place for cycling tourism, because the routes are very easy and you can admire many animals during the tour: there is no effort to pedal along the canals, valleys, sea costs, river banks and secondary roads. Bicycle routes are so numerous that a week will not be enough to go all the way. The Po Delta Area offers landscapes that don’t exist elsewhere in Italy: a concentration of marshers, woods, canals that lead to the sea, little villages nestled between reeds, brackish ponds, beaches and pine forests.
There are several possibilities to visit the territory on two wheels: inside the Station 1 of the Po Delta Park of Emilia there is a ring route of about 65 chilometres, that will allow you to touch the communes of Codigoro, Goro, Mesola and the millenial Abbey of Pomposa.
Starting from Codigoro, you can take the FE218 cycle trail to reach the beautiful Abbey of Pomposa, an ancient monastic center with Giotto’s inspiration frescos. From here, continuing to Lido di Volano, cycling along Valle Bertuzzi and meeting the Oasis of Canneviè and the eighteenth-century Tower of Finance, you could connect to the FE302 cycle trail that, from the Taglio della Falce and cycling by the Wood of Mesola, will allows you to reach the tourist harbours of Goro and Gorino.
From here a lot of river excursions leave to the Old Lantern and the Lighthouse and continue into the brackish lagoon of the Sacca of Goro, discovering the clam’s nurseries.
Going back to Goro, you could take the cycle trail FE20 (called Destra Po) that will take you to Mesola where, cycling by the Wood of Santa Giustina, you could reach the Este Castle, summer and hunting residence of the Este Dukes at the end of the fifteenth century.
On the way back you will meet Bosco Mesola and you could access to the Wood of Mesola Natural Reserve, a forest of holm oaks and oak trees where you could go by bike in the shade of the trees. Fallow deers are quite frequent here, as well as the water turtles and the land turtles, while to see the deers you have to reserve an excursion with the forest rangers, that will lead you in the wildest part of the natural reserve using a jeep.
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