Great August birding in Valle Vecchia

The second half of summer is always one of the slowest times of the year for birdwatching, with very secretive and silent birds and a very low number of migrants and eventual vagrants. So it has been a great surprise to have a so amazing day in Valle Vecchia of Caorle (Venice/Venezia province) right in the middle of August, with almost 90 species of birds observed! Continue reading “Great August birding in Valle Vecchia”

Helleborines in the Cansiglio

The Cansiglio upland hosts one of the richest community of orchids in the North-eastern Italy, with more than 40 species reported, from the thermofil foothills to the alpine meadows of higher altitudes.

I’ve been there at the beginning of August, at the end of orchid blooming season, Continue reading “Helleborines in the Cansiglio”

Spectacular Passo Valparola

I’ve been to the Valparola pass in order to look for the rare False orchid (Chamorchis alpina) and the very beautiful Silky ringlet (Erebia gorge), but I was surprised by the number of interesting other species I’ve found there!

The pass lies in Belluno province, inside the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo Natural Park, and reaches the 2192m, connecting the Badia valley with the Falzarego pass and Cortina d’Ampezzo.  Continue reading “Spectacular Passo Valparola”

A moth-trap in Val di Fassa

Guiding two Naturetrek groups in the Dolomites in July, I had the opportunity to put outside a moth-trap during 7 different nights, checking the harvest carefully the mornings after. The trap was placed in the little village of Tamion (Vigo di Fassa, Trento province), just outside our hotel, on the edge of a spruce woodland, at about 1538 m above the sea level. We used a powerful light to attract the moths in a wood box and, after the identification (more about 75 species of moths recorded), all the moths were releazed. Continue reading “A moth-trap in Val di Fassa”

In the Fagagna wet meadows

North-eastern Italian lowland hosts only a few residual patches of peat bogs and wet meadows: they are some of the remaining fragments of the ancestral Po valley, survived to the spread of agriculture and to the recent aggressive overbuilding. Their ancient origin has allowed some amazing living beings to survive till recent times in these rare and precious micro-habitats.

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Lastovo and its gorgeous lizards

Lastovo, also known in Italian with the ancient name of “Langosta”, is one of the most outer island of Dalmatian arcipelago, in Croatia, and, because of its size and position (about 55 km far from Croatian mainland, but also 110 km far from the Italian coast), it has rather limitated biodiversity, but also some insular specialities: what I’ve found interesting were particularly reptiles, with some gorgeous colourful morphs. Continue reading “Lastovo and its gorgeous lizards”