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The Lagoon of Grado

paolo1955

La Spezia, Italy

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Views 839 at January – 21 – 2013


Featured in HIGH QUALITY IMAGES Group May – 13 – 2011


Featured in All Countries – Wetlands, Ponds, Lakes and Rivers Group May – 06 – 2011


Featured in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group September – 19 – 2010


Featured in Visions of Italy Group November – 21 – 2009


The Lagoon of Grado
In the surrounding area, the fishponds, canals, waterways, and many islands and islets lush with vegetation trace a unique landscape where nature reigns supreme: a pool of
water spanning approximately 12 thousand hectares, divided into the northern and southern lagoon.The maze of channels and fishfarms between the mouth of the Isonzo and the Anfora
canal contains a pristine ecosystem that is a perfect habitat for the dozens of waterfowl species herons, coots, mallards, teals, garganeys, ducks, and gulls—that nest here or
stop to rest during the migratory season before resuming their journey south. For birdwatching enthusiasts and all other nature lovers, the Valle Cavanata Regional Nature
Reserve is not to be missed. A former fish farm in the eastern lagoon, it stretches over 327 hectares that have become a natural habitat for 263 species of migratory, wintering,
and nesting birds. The visitor center offers informational material for exploring the reserve on foot or by bike, interactive trail stations to learn more about its environments and birds,
guided tours, and environmental education activities. Inside the municipal district of Grado is another fabulous natural attraction: the Isonzo River Mouth Nature Reserve. Over a total of 2400 hectares, from the northernmost tip of the Adriatic to the Po Delta, stretches a shoreline with shallow waters and a complex lagoon structure. The nature reserve offers a visitor center and facilities for observing and studying the flora and fauna, especially wetland waterfowl.

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