Blooms of orchids on Elba island

Elba is the largest island in the Arcipelago Toscano and lies just 10 km far from the coast of Tuscany. The vicinity with the continent, together with size, influenced its biodiversity making the island the most complex ecosystem of all the arcipelago. Orchids are present with more than 40 species, but they are also particularly threated. Continue reading “Blooms of orchids on Elba island”

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Redpolls and Great Northern Diver in the Lido di Venezia

The island of Lido di Venezia is usually known because it hosts the “Venice Film Festival“, but can be also a very good place for birdwatching, expecially in winter. It’s is an alogated dike that, together with the island of Pellestrina, separates the Venice lagoon from the Adriatic sea.  Continue reading “Redpolls and Great Northern Diver in the Lido di Venezia”

Provence (France): a land of Flamingos, Cranes and Wallcreepers

I led a tour for Naturetrek in the south-east of France, in the region known as Provence, between the end of December and the beginning of January, enjoying the superb wildlife of Camargue and the beauty of hilly landscapes of Les Alpilles and Mont Ventoux. Impressive numbers of cranes, swans, storks and flamingoes, but also unexpected sightings of Wallcreepers, Mealy Redpolls and Spotted Eagle, made the week unforgetable! Continue reading “Provence (France): a land of Flamingos, Cranes and Wallcreepers”

The last orchids and the pretty Asolo

To find a place where to spend half a day together with a no-naturalist girlfriend can be sometimes tricky. To visit the Colli Asolani, in the Treviso province, can be a good option, offering a very special wildlife side by side with very interesting touristical attractions like the palladian “Villa di Maser” or the gorgeous town of Asolo. Continue reading “The last orchids and the pretty Asolo”

Where to go birding around Venice

Venice (Venezia) is one of the most known and popular destinations of the world: everybody knows its amazing canals and boats instead than streets and cars, as well as the widespread richness of medioeval and Renaissance people that decided to build, on tiny lagoon islands, unbelievable residences and palaces, plenty of unreapetable works of Titian, Tintoretto or Canaletto.

But around the city, if not even side by side with these wonders, naturalists and birdwatchers might find some very interesting birdwatching sites, inside de Venice lagoon or just a little bit more inland.

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Gargano: the European hot-spot for orchids

I had the pleasure to lead, as ornithologist, two groups of Naturetrek in the Gargano  (Puglia, Italy), where I discovered an unknow treasure: the peninsula hosts a huge variety of orchids (Orchidaceae), with about 80 different species (93 in the last list of the website http://www.orchideedelgargano.it) and many more subspecies and forms.  Continue reading “Gargano: the European hot-spot for orchids”