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”

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 arround the city, if not even side by side with these wonders, the naturalists and birdwatchers might find some very interesting birdwatching sites, inside de Venice lagoon or just a little bit more inland. Continue reading “Where to go birding around Venice”

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”

Alpine wildlife in the Passo Pordoi

With 2,239 m of altitudes the Pordoi pass is one of the most known pass in the Dolomites (Dolomiti) and connects Arabba with the Val di Fassa. It is a typical climb of the “Giro d’Italia”, the famous Italian cyclism race, but can be also a great place where taste the best of alpine wildlife.

The beginning of summer is probably the best time of year to go there: Continue reading “Alpine wildlife in the Passo Pordoi”

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.

Continue reading “In the Fagagna wet meadows”