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Birding Italy

Italy is a country in Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea between latitudes 35° and 47° N, and longitudes 6° and 19° E and shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. It covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 square miles) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.

The Apennine Mountains form the peninsula's backbone and the Alps form most of its northern boundary, where Italy's highest point is located. The Po, Italy's longest river (652 kilometres or 405 miles), flows from the Alps on the western border with France and crosses the Padan plain on its way to the Adriatic Sea. The five largest lakes are, in order of diminishing size: Garda, Maggiore, Como, Trasimeno and Bolsena. Four different seas surround the Italian Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea from three sides: the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea in the south, and the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west. Most of rivers of Italy drain either into the Adriatic Sea, such as the Po, Piave, Adige, Brenta, Tagliamento, and Reno, or into the Tyrrhenian, like the Arno, Tiber and Volturno. National parks cover about 5% of the country.

Italy has the highest level of faunal biodiversity in Europe, with over 57,000 species recorded, representing more than a third of all European fauna. There are 102 mammals species in Italy, 556 bird species and 56213 invertebrates species.

Birding

Italy is generally avoided by foreign birders due to the continuing rumour that There is nothing to see in Italy except for House Sparrows which is - of course - completely wrong. Birding in Italy is not easy, that's true, but it can be very productive.

Connecting continental Europe to Africa across the Mediterranean, Italy is a natural bridge both for trans-Saharan migrants and for endemic species, and its birding is more interesting than you might expect.

In comparison to two other classical European birding destinations; France and Spain, Italy is a more built-up country with not as many wilderness areas remaining. However, hunting pressure has decreased a lot and generally, in contrast with France, there is no longer any need to be worried about aggressive clashes between naturalists and hunters. Moreover, birding culture is growing up among young Italian people and a binocular-bearing tourist is no longer seen as a strange fellow or as a spy. Just watch out though, as a general warning, do not to leave your equipment in your unattended car. Last but not least, when birding is over, do not forget you are in a country with two thousand five hundred years of history and the chance to visit important archaeological sites (Greek, Etruscan, Roman, etc.) as well as world-class museums!

What to see in Italy

Foreign birders coming from the US or from Northern Europe, are generally interested in Mediterranean endemics. Thus, the best period to visit Italy is April-July when most of the trans-Saharan passerines are on their breeding grounds in Europe. Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata; Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda; Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata; Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala; Bonelli's Warbler Phyloscopus bonelli; Black headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala; are small song passerines typical of Southern Italy, and are not difficult to spot when they are singing. Lanner Falco biarmicus feldeggii; Rock Partridge A graeca; Rock Bunting Emberiza cia as well as Slender-billed Gull Larus genei and Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii; are all-year birds but also generally more easily to watch in the summer.

Migration Counts

Since 1984 a survey for the study and the protection of migrating Raptors and other soaring birds has been organised at the Straits of Messina, Southern Italy. It is being organised again for this spring.

Nearly all the Western Palaearctic raptor species have been counted at the Straits of Messina and it is one of the best place to see all the Harriers, Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Eleonora's Falcon, European Lanner etc.; it is the only place where there is the possibility of seeing Amur Falcon. The site is also very good for all the typical Mediterranean birds and in total well over 300 species have been recorded so far.

Sardinia | Sicily

Top Sites

Central Italy

The Tirrenium coast is a large area including Tuscany and Latium with many opportunities to go birding especially outside the hunting season. From North to South, there are several marsh areas surrounded by Mediterranean macchia which can be attractive for overseas birders. Lago di Massaciuccoli near Pisa is an important stopover place for migrants in spring (March-May) but hunting pressure in Autumn is too high for a very productive birding visit. Close to Migliarino-San Rossore reserve area, the river Serchio`s mouth is a hotspot for migrants (the first Booted Warbler for Italy was seen here in 1999) and for seabirds. Try to spot Yelkouan and Mediterranean Shearwaters from the coast.

Padule di Fucecchio is a natural reserve area between Pistoia and Lucca with an observation tower and is surely worth a visit. European Night-heron, Squacco and Purple Herons and Cattle Egret are breeding in a small heronry, as well as Moustached Warbler (A melanopogon); Savi's and Cetti's Warblers. The southern part of Tuscany is called Maremma, one of the few remaining wild areas in Italy, which is also known for the Etruscan necropolis. The area is also noteworthy for birding, with Short-toed Eagle, Lanner, European Roller and Great-spotted Cuckoo and a lot of songbirds. I recommend a visit to the Orbetello lagoon and Monti dell'Uccellina. During migration the Arcipelago toscano is a necessary stopover for several migrants. In April-May almost anything can pass here, especially through Capraia which is an important ringing station for birds from all over the Mediterranean. Other sites of interest in Central Italy : Monti dellaTolfa, PN del Circeo, PN Monti Sibillini, PN d'Abruzzo.

North East Italy

Don't miss the coastal lagoon area between Venice and Trieste, especially the Riserva Naturale Isola della Cona e foce dell`Isonzo, which offers one of the most impressive birding facility in Italy. From its superb watch tower, you can spot more than 100 species in a day (294 is the whole reserve's check list); including: Spoonbill, Cattle and Squacco Herons, Greylag Goose, Glossy Ibis, at least 20 species of Waders, and in Nov-Jan, thousands of curlew (and Whimbrel) and flocks of hundreds of over-wintering ducks. In the same area, Marano and Grado lagoons and Caorle lagoon (N Venice lagoon) are also nice spots. A particular mention should be made of the Parco naturale del delta del Po (Po Delta); which is the widest marsh delta area in Italy, and a suitable area for Gull-billed Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Pygmy Cormorant, Black and Whiskered Tern, Ferruginous Duck and of course for migrant ducks and waders. The most well-known areas for birding in the Po delta are Sacca degli Scardovari, Valle Bertuzzi Valle Mandriole, Punta Alberete and Valle Cavanata. Not far from the coast another interesting area is Valle del Mezzano (with a Red-footed Falcon colony) which can be visited along with Valli Santa e Campotto. If you want to visit here I would recommend an overnight stay in the ancient city of Ravenna.

Northern Italy

The Alps are one of the remaining wildernesses left in the whole of Europe. If you are interested in alpine birds, the Italian side of the Alps can offer the following: Red-billed Chough, Alpine Chough, Rock Partridge, Alpine Accentor, Snow Finch, Treecreeper and of course, Golden Eagle and Lammergeiger. In the Alps it is difficult to recommend a single spot: but Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso (NW Italy) hosts both Alpine and Red-billed Chough, Parco nazionale dello Stelvio (NE Italy) Lammergeiger as well as Hazel Grouse and Capercaille, and the Dolomites area in Trentino is very good for Black Woodpecker, Pygmy and Tengmalm's Owls.

Sardinia

Sardinia is another recommended birding destination; it looks different from Sicily with much wider Mediterranean macchia and oak forests and more salty lagoons that are important sites for endangered species (Purple Swamphen, Greater Flamingo, & Slender-billed Gull). Close to Cagliari, Molentargius & stagni di Quartu are nice spots especially for breeding Greater Flamingos, Gull-billed Tern and Slender-billed Gull. Also the secretive Purple Swamphen is present. The place is difficult to explore, since a reed bed strip hampers the view of Molentargius lake, but Quartu ponds are easy to locate and in open view. San Pietro island hosts one of the best known Eleonora's Falcon colony, and the island is also good for small passerines such as Marmora's Warbler. On the W coast, the Stagni di Cabras & Santa Giusta are salt-water ponds and an important area for migrant waders and ducks: not far from here, a Griffon Vulture colony (Bosa) is of particular interest since some pairs regularly breed on the sea cliffs. For those interested in mountain areas, Gennargentu & Parco Nazionale Golfo Orosei are unbelievably wild and remote sites with plenty of inaccessible gorges where, formerly, Griffon and Lammergeiger as well as the Hooded Vulture were breeding. Finally, in the North West is the wonderful Asinara Island, which is now accessible for birding (Shag, Rock Sparrow, and much more - you have to book in advance).

Sicily

Sicily is a wild, fascinating place, and, whilst birding is not easy, it can offer some incredible surprises! Sicily hosts the biggest Lanner population in Europe (100-120 pairs); 15-20 pairs of Bonelli's Eagle, Egyptian Vulture (a few, and declining); the most important Collared Pratincole colony in Italy (Biviere di Gela); and is the most important raptor-migration hotspot in the Southern Mediterranean. The only records of Amur Falcon in the Western Palaearctic have been reported from the Stretto di Messina, along with 20-30.000 Honey Buzzards, some individual Long-legged and Steppe Buzzards, Pallid Harrier, Siberian Peregrine and the occasionally Barbary Falcon. If you need more information about the anti-poaching camp, please contact us. The Eastern Coast: (Foce del Simeto, Saline di Priolo, Saline di Siracusa, Vendicari, Longarini) is a poorly known area, but really is a vagrant trap for migrants crossing the Western Mediterranean towards the Balkans. Isabelline Wheatear, Isabelline Shrike, Sociable Plover, Caspian Gull, Great black-headed Gull can be seen here (but is, of course, ia matter of luck) in May-June, this part of Sicily is also very scenic! On the opposite side of Sicily, Riserva naturale dello Stagnone e saline di Trapani and near Palermo, the Riserva dello Zingaro are two beautiful areas well worth a visit.

Southern Italy

Two destinations stand out above all others and are recommended. The first one is the Apulian Murgia, an open dry plateau with the largest colony of Lesser Kestrel in continental Italy, (also good for Black-eared Wheatear, Roller, Tawny Pipit, Calandra Lark, Nightjar and Barn Owl) and on the coast, the poorly known Daunia Risi & Saline di Mafredonia, famous due the over wintering presence of a few Slender-billed Curlews some year ago (- you have to book in advance -).

Contributor

Maurizio Maudoc Sighele

maudoc@libero.it

Luciano Ruggieri

ruggiel@libero.it

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 556

(As at February 2019)

National Bird - Italian Sparrow Passer italiae

Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Birdwatchers Guide to Italy

by Luciano Ruggieri & Igor Festari | Lynx Edicions | 2005 | Paperback | 303 pages, maps |

ISBN: 9788487334863

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Birds of Italy

By Marianne Taylor & Daniele Occhiato | Bloomsbury Publishing | 2018 | Paperback | 144 pages, 256 colour photos |

ISBN: 9781472949820

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Organisations

ACENVA

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Asociación para la Conservación y Estudio de la Naturaleza de Valladolid

CISO - Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici

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CISO ONLUS (Italian Center for Ornithological Studies) is the association that brings together professionals and amateurs who are dedicated to ornithological research, united by the desire to develop and spread solid biological knowledge for the conservation of birds. The association is open to all those who share the principles and the spirit: to view the statute of the association click here.

GMSO - Gruppo Molisano Studi Ornitologici

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The Molisano Studi Ornitologici Group has its registered office at the University of Molise - ENVIX Laboratory - Termoli Headquarters. It is a regularly registered Scientific Association and has been set up as a No Profit Association.

Gruppo Piemontese Studi Ornitologici [GPSO]

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The official information platform for ornithologists and bird watchers of the Piedmont Region, in collaboration with G.P.S.O. (Piemontese Group of Ornithological Studies)

Istituto Nazionale per la Fauna Selvatica

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The INFS has the task of recording the environmental heritage made up of wild fauna, of studying its state, its evolution and its relations with other environmental components, of developing projects for the reconstitution or improvement of animal communities and natural environments.

Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)

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The Institute performs scientific, technical and research functions as well as assessment, monitoring, control, communication, training and education activities. Supports the Ministry in several environmental sectors i.e. marine and water environments, soil, air, habitats, ecosystems and biodiversity.

LIPU - Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

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The Lipu is the association for the conservation of nature, the protection of biodiversity, the promotion of ecological culture in Italy. With 30,000 supporters, almost 100 local Sections, over 600 active volunteers, dozens of operators, technicians, educators, Lipu is a point of reference for the defence of nature in Italy. We treat every year more than 15,000 wild animals in difficulty in numerous Recovery Centers or First Aid in various parts of Italy. We manage 30 Oasis and Reserves where nature is protected and people can visit it, know it, fall in love with it.

LIPU - Oasi Costiera

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Local Group

LIPU - Oasi di Massaciuccoli

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The "Chiarone Nature Reserve" was established in 1979 with the birth of Parco Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli. In 1985 it was entrusted to the Italian Bird Protection League - BirdLife Italia, thus the LIPU Massaciuccoli Oasis was born.

LIPU - Oasi di Racconigi

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The Center was founded in December 1985 for the re-production of the White Stork, a species extinct from Italy as a nester since the eighteenth century, thanks to the collaboration between the Italian Lega Protection Bird and the passionate ornithologist Bruno Vaschetti.

Novara Birdwatching Association

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The official web site of Novara Birdwatching Association, Italy…

Scricciolo - Italian Ornithological Web Site

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Lots of info and links.

Società Il Tarabuso - Ivrea

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Welcome to the Bittern Society website! Here you can find news on birdwatching in Canavese (province of Turin), as well as on the various other activities that we carry out in the name of respect and love for nature, of course the birdlife in particular, always in friendship and joy, in fact the our motto is: "Binocula, aves et fraternitas". Enjoy your visit.

Wetlands International Cormorant Research Group

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To Promote the Knowledge of the Ecology and Life History of Cormorants (Aves - Phalacrocoracidae)

Reserves

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NP Gran Paradiso

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Gran Paradiso National Park is an Italian national park in the Graian Alps, between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions. There are more than 100 bird species in the park, including Eurasian eagle-owl, rock ptarmigan, alpine accentor, and chough. Golden eagles nest on rocky ledges, and sometimes in trees. Wallcreeper are found on steep cliffs. There are black woodpeckers and nutcrackers in the park's woodlands.

NP Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre

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Located in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northern Italy, it is the smallest national park in Italy at 4,300 acres, but also the densest with 5,000 permanent inhabitants among the five towns. In addition to the territory of the towns of Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare), the Cinque Terre National Park encompasses parts of the communes of Levanto (Punta Mesco) and La Spezia (Campiglia Sunsets).

NP Po Delta Interregional Park

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…The fauna of Parco del Delta del Po is undoubtedly one of the most valuable elements of the protected area. Besides the Park's 460 Vertebrate species, the birds of the Po Delta represent an extraordinarily precious heritage, with more than 300 reported species during the last decades, 150 of which are nesting and more than 180 wintering. Such richness turns the Park into the most important ornithological area in Italy and one of the most relevant in Europe…

NP Stelvio

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The park is the largest in Italy and covers part of two regions: Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Lombardia, in 24 municipalities. Birds include hazel grouse, lammergeier, ravens, carrion crow, great spotted woodpeckers, black woodpeckers, buzzards, nutcrackers, Eurasian dotterels, rock partridges, western capercaillies, Eurasian eagle-owls and golden eagles.

NR Bosco di Alcamo

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The Nature Reserve Bosco di Alcamo is a natural protected area of Regione Siciliana located on the top of monte Bonifato, which dominates the town of Alcamo. The forest hosts various kinds of birds such as: woodpigeons, jays, turtledoves, kestrels, thrushs, blackbirds, great spotted woodpeckers, robins, buzzards, woodcock, great tits, greenfinches, serin, tits and goldfinches. here are also many mammals such as:porcupines, foxes, weasels, wild rabbits, hedgehogs.

NR Mount Salviano

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It lies in the territory of the comune (municipality) of Avezzano, in the Province of L'Aquila. The reserve is named after Mount Salviano, a massif that extends northwest to southwest dividing the Fucine basin from the Palentine Plains, in the Marsica sub-region. Avifauna: common buzzard, griffon vulture, kestrel, peregrine falcon and many other birds frequent the reserve wood.

NR Oasi Cervara - Parc Naturale del Fiume Sile

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The Naturalistic Oasis of Mulino Cervara is located in the heart of Veneto in Santa Cristina di Quinto di Treviso. The park entrance is located along the Provincial Road 17 that from Quinto di Treviso leads to Badoere di Morgano. Our park is an ancient wetland (about 25 hectares) located 40 km north of Venice along the Sile River.

NR Pineta Dannunziana

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Nature Reserve Pineta Dannunziana is a 53-hectare (130-acre) nature reserve located in Pescara, Abruzzo.

NR Riserva naturale Crava Morozzo

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The Crava Morozzo Nature Reserve was the first protected area in the history of Lipu (with the mention of Oasi di Crava Morozzo). It was established in 1979 thanks to a resolution and agreements between the Municipalities of Morozzo, Mondovì and Rocca de 'Baldi and the Province of Cuneo. Later identified as a Special Nature Reserve by the Piedmont Region and included within the Alta Valle Pesio Regional Park.

NR Savio River

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The Savio River Reserve extends along the River Savio. The River has preserved its natural course and its high-water bed is one of the few original landscapes left unchanged in the area around Cesena.

NR Valle Cavanata WII

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It is a 327-hectare (810-acre) protected area situated in the easternmost part of the Grado Lagoon in Grado. The fish farming activities were maintained until 1995; after which, the management of the water levels in the Valle Cavanata has been oriented to favor the bird fauna especially. 260 bird species have been identified.

SPA Triangolo lariano

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The Special Protection Area covers 593 hectares, located in the Corni di Canzo (Horns of Canzo). Its protection concerns 84 precious bird species (including the honey buzzard, peregrine falcon, rock partridge, eagle owl, nightjar, tawny pipit, red-backed shrike and ortolan bunting) and their habitats, e.g. the natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates.

Wetlands

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Italy currently has 56 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 73,308 hectares.

Forums & Mailing Lists

Eurobirdnet Italia

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La mailing list di EBN Italia è la più grande ML dedicata al birdwatching, compie 20 anni! Would you like birding in Italy? Would you like to know where to go to find the most interesting sites for birdwatching in Italy? This is EuroBirdNet Italia, Italian branch of the European ornithological network: EuroBirdNet. Go to this site to subscribe to the Italian Birding Mailing list.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding in Italy - Marco Valtriani

Tour Operator

Birding in Italy is the website for those who want to discover this country through binoculars’ lenses. We will guide you to the best birding spots our country has to offer, along with many of the other locations that make Italy a classic destination for the discerning traveler. Our experience in both famous parks and little-known hotspots can help you observe many rare, local, and challenging species.

Skua Nature

Tour Operator

Thanks to a vast global network of contacts and collaborations, we are the ideal partner for the development of your areas or ideas!

Walking in Etruria - Marco Valtriani

Guide

Are you considering a walking tour in Tuscany? Something off the beaten track, away from the crazy crowds? Are you an inquisitive traveler with high expectations? You’ve come to the right place.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2013 [05 May] - Chris Townend - Abruzzo National Park

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…Here we encountered some of the woodland specialities including a superb singing male Wood Warbler as it sang out its distinctive song complete with final trill as it glided from branch to branch. A Common Redstart was singing nearby and we soon found ourselves entering an open meadow where we spent some time scanning the many dead trees in the hope of finding our main target species, the White-backed Woodpecker…

2013 [05 May] - Josh Jones

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…directions on how to find bird species such as Rock Partridge, Northern Bobwhite, Red-billed Leiothrix, Vinous-throated Parrotbill and Sacred Ibis as well as Marsican Brown Bear….

2013 [08 August] - Eric Jan Alblas - Venice

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…but I still managed to squeeze in some bird watching. I saw new subspecies of Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit and Reed Bunting….

2013 [09 September] - Darren Archer - Sorrento

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…It gave willow warbler feeding in a walnut tree, as the only new bird , but a number of spotted flycatchers showed that migrants were moving. Lizards all over the walls will be missed when we are back in Britain as will the butterflies. The final meal was on Via San Francesco on the bend of the road by the piazza our second visit and just as good the second time…

2014 [11 November] - Bob Swann

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...The bank was the south side of a reservoir where we found lots of Moorhen, with Coot, Mallard and some Mute Swans. In the scrub along the edges was a large flock of Tree Sparrows, and a few Hooded Crow and Magpie. We walked round the east side of the reservoir, crossed two bridges taking us onto the north bank and walked along to a larger more open area of water. Here there were ten Black-necked Grebes, a Great-crested Grebe, lots of Black-headed Gulls and a Grey Wagtail. A third bridge took us over a channel to an area of scrub, which is a known bobwhite site. We walked out and around this scrubby area in the rain seeing little apart from Robin, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and a flyover Sparrow Hawk, but no bobwhites...

2015 [04 April] - Simon Colenutt - Tuscany

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...I decided to get up early today and do a little birding. I birded an area of grassland and scrub plus into some pretty birdless mixed woodland in the hotel grounds. Hare were abundant this early in the morning before people were around and there were also many Roe Deer. I added Redstart, Little Owl, Tawny Owl, Garden Warbler and Sardinian Warbler to the trip list but otherwise it was relatively slow going and birds were pretty unapproachable in general although I had nice views of Firecrest and Short-toed Treecreeper....

2015 [05 May] - Chris Townend - Abruzzo NP

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The Abruzzo National Park , set in the heart of the Apennines in a protected area of around 400 Sq Km and only 2.5 hours drive from Rome. This tour is therefore perfect if you wish to extend your visit and either start or end the tour with a city break sight seeing in the wonderful city of Rome

2015 [06 June] - Kari Haataja

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Early June (2-9) we made with Leena a combined birding and tourist trip to North and Central Italy. My aim was to tick Rock Partridge and four C category birds: Sacred Ibis, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Northern Bobwhite and Red-billed Leiothrix.

2015 [09 September] - Honeyguide

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Having picked up Karen and Mike at the railway station and dropped them at the hotel, it was time to go to the airport to meet the Ryanair flight which, as chance would have it, was about an hour late and rougher than most people enjoy.

2016 [03 March] - Bob Swann - Puglia

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...Walked south round the harbour and eventually found an offshore wall of rock armour with lots of roosting birds – mainly Black-headed Gulls, with a few Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, lots of Sandwich Terns and a few Great Cormorants. On the water some Black-necked Grebes, a Great Crested Grebe and a couple of Shags. Along the shore a couple of Common Sandpipers and some White Wagtails. After a wait of three hours got brief flight views of the Grey-headed Gull as it flew from the rock armour out to sea...

2016 [06 June] - Chris Durdin - Italian Dolomites

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On the rocks were pink Primula hirsuta and in the bushes a close-up view of a willow tit, perhaps the best I have ever seen. Another ring ouzel showed here and two cuckoos flew past.

2017 [03 March] - Ed Stubbs - Northern Italy

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Flying to and from Milan Malpensa, I was able to draw up a plan to see 5 lifers in a very limited time period. 4 were Category C birds, including the ‘traditional’ 3 of Sacred Ibis, Vinous-throated Parrotbill and Northern Bobwhite. The 4th is a recent addition (2014) to both the Italian and Western Palearctic list – Muscovy Duck. The final target was Wallcreeper. Success with all 5 (including the discovery of a possibly unknown site for one species), some lovely weather and scenery, good food and a decent supporting cast of birds made for a very short and sweet trip.

2017 [07 July] - Philip Thompson

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...We did however start well with a flame-orange Scarce Copper that perched alongside the path. Several new plants were seen with Astragalus exscapus being the most notable. After a slow climb, during which we came upon a couple more very close Chamois, we reached a wooden bridge crossing the tumultuous waterfall dropping into the valley. We paused to rest and enjoy the views spotting Aconitum lycoctonum in the trees and a Nutcracker passing...

2018 [05 May] - Paul Harmes - Tuscany

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...After our picnic, we left Orbetello to make our way to the adjacent Riserva Naturale Patanella an area of saltmarsh, which borders the lagoon. Here, we found a couple of Ospreys, one with a fish, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, Corn Bunting and Common Tern. Plants included Serapias lingua (Common Tongue Orchid), Cistus salvifolius (Sage-leaved Cistus), Triglochin maritima (Sea Arrowgrass) and Bellis annua (Annual Daisy)...

2018 [06 June] - Philip Thompson

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...Singing from the waterside bushes nearby were a couple of Nightingales joined by European and Great Reed Warblers concealed within the thick reeds. After patient scanning both species were picked out. The tall willows held a recently established breeding colony of Great Cormorants that produced a constant background cacophonous soundtrack. Among the numerous Grey Herons a couple of Black-crowned Night Herons were picked up in flight as they visited their nest sites concealed deep within the foliage of the trees beneath the cormorants. Hunting the abundant dragonflies over the reeds were a trio of Hobbys that periodically swept by close overhead...

2018 [07 July] - Luca Boscain

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...Two thirds of the group reached Gardeccia where we found a few Large Ringlets, but also Willow Tit, Spotted Nutcracker and Crossbill, before stopping to eat our sandwiches in the shade of a big Arolla Pine...

2018 [09 September] - Jessica Turner

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Common Kestrel, White Wagtails and a Northern Wheatear were seen, and Paolo showed us a (dead) specimen of the beautiful Long-horned Beetle Rosalia alpina, which had been found a few days previously – unusually late for this species. There were also the remains of a Red Deer stag which he told us had been killed by Wolves just below the rifugio the previous week; in two days they cleared the carcass, leaving only the skull and antlers, and a length of skin which would have covered the spine.

Places to Stay

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La Scuola di Furio

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LA SCUOLA Holiday Homes is open all year round to offer you a relaxing stay in close and confortable contact with the Tuscan countryside. In fact its right next to the Padule di Fucecchio Nature Reserve with its breeding Night Herons, Squacco & Purple Herons and Cattle Egret, as well as Moustached & Savi's Warblers etc…

Via Bruno Rossi 23

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Via Bruno Rossi 23 is a farmhouse B&B in a peaceful rural location in the heart of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Welcoming customers from all over the world.

Festivals

International Birdwatching Fair - Po Delta

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The 9th edition of the International Bird Watching and Naturalistic Tourism Fair in Comacchio is back and being held in the Po Delta Park in Emilia-Romagna: a particularly loved event by visitors who are passionate about naturalistic lifestyle, open air vacations and naturalistic photography. The fair can boast an average of 30,000 visitors and approximately 200 exhibitors and is staged in a territory that has been confirmed as a privileged haven for birdwatchers and ‘slow’ tourism in contact with nature; it is part of the long list of events of Slow Springtime 2018 in the whole region of the Po Delta Park in Reggio-Emilia.

Museums

Museo Civico Craveri di Storia Naturale

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The Craveri Museum is the most important Natural History Museum in the province of Cuneo. Born as a private collection in the first half of the nineteenth century by the lawyer. Angelo Craveri, Undersecretary of State in the Kingdom of King Carlo Felice.

Museo di Carmagnola e dintorni

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Welcome to the Civic Museum of Natural History of Carmagnola!

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Alcedo - Ornitologia e natura

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The new Italian Magazine of breeding and ornithology…

ASIO FLAMMEUS

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Grazie alle fatiche di Paola Bressan e Marco Mastrorilli, il primo sito mondiale interamente dedicato al Gufo di palude Asio flammeus…

Birdcam

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Live cams on breeding peregrines and kestels…

Birdin' Lombardia

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Pensiamo che il birdwatching sia uno strumento utile per sviluppare la consapevolezza nei confronti delle interazioni far gli organismi viventi e comprendere l'importanza della protezione dell'ambiente.La possibilità di praticare il BW nel tempo libero e la sua componente ludica coinvolgono persone che altrimenti non avrebbero la possibilità di accedere a queste tematiche (solitamente affrontate per motivi di studio o attraverso canali professional)…

Birdwatching in Alto Adige

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L'Alto Adige può offrire complessivamente minori opportunità per il birdwatching rispetto al confinante Veneto o al Friuli-Venezia Giulia, regioni che in più possono vantare vaste zone umide lagunari e foci fluviali ospitanti eccezionali concentrazioni di avifauna.

Birdwatching in Cesena

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This site contains photographs taken while spending many hours and whole days in natural full immersion. Sometimes by being in a wood, sometimes simply by looking out of my windows. In this way I have had the possibility of admiring many of the bird species that live in my town. This site has no pretentions to be technical or scientific, it's just a choice of natural beauties that Cesena can offer to sharp observant eyes.

Cuneo Birding

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Ornithology and Birdwatching in the Province of Cuneo - In Italian…

EBN-ITALIA- Il Birdwatching Italiano

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Italy is a natural bridge connecting continental Europe to Africa across the Mediterranean. The heterogeneity of natural habitats offers many opportunities to watch birds, starting from species typical of the Siberian taiga, as the Pygmy Owl, to an Indo-African species as the Bonelli's Eagle. The total number of bird species recorded in 1999 for Italy is 502!

For The Birds

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For the Birds is a portal that was born from the passion for all the birds of the world. Particular attention is paid to the curiosities, oddities that give us these fantastic animals: birds are seen as a source of inspiration for various activities that involve me, from study to educational and entertainment activities for children …

Inanellamento Italia

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Liguria Birding

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The observation and recognition of birds seen through the eyes of a group of passionate birders. Sightings, hot spots, stories, emotions in a harsh and beautiful region.

Maudoc Birding

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Photos, Stamps, Software, BirdLinks. An amateur site but very comprehensive!

NEORNITHES: nomina avium

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The first and only computer-based system with all known and living birds' names in Italian language…

Ornitocultura

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Ideato e coordinato da Walter Sassi, appassionato conoscitore dell'avifauna con particolare riferimento alla regione Lombardia. Ospita articoli di vario genere, chek list, foto e notizie… [Information and ornithological background for Brianza, Italy]

Picchio Verde - Ornitologia e dintorni

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birds, birding and birdwatching in Italy

Quaderni di birdwatching

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On line Italian Birding Magazine: Quaderni di Birdwatching presenta articoli e note dal campo originali con particolare riguardo ai criteri identificativi dell'avifauna italiana. Coloro i quali sono interessati alla collaborazione o a inviare foto originali sono invitati a contattare la redazione. Il materiale originale presentato viene integralmente restituito…

Taccuini di Birdwatching di Claudio Chiossi

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Osservazioni ornitologiche in zone e oasi italiane o durante viaggi all'estero…

Verona Birdwatching

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Birdwatching around Verona: its more interesting sites, its check-list, a mailing list where to exchange information and sightings, the last observations online with photo and films, local excursions, links etc…

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Silvia Gandin

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Silvia Gandini is a naturalistic illustrator. She uses different techniques: black-ink, watercolor, colored pencils, acrylics on various materials. Her favorite subjects are animals and flora and their natural habitats. Specializing in scientific illustration, she is contact with museum, universities, natural parks and specialists.

Exuvia

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Personal site di Vitantonio Dell'Orto, scrittore e fotografo naturalista. Pagine ricche e ben curate, consigliato agli appassionati di fotografia…

Justbirds

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Pagina di Giuliano Gerra e Silvio Sommazzi, ottimi fotografi, ricca di foto di specie realizzate in Italia ed in altri numerosi paesi del mondo…

Phala's Birdphoto

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Bird Photos from Lombardy, Italy etc…

Photographer - Antonio Benetti

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There is no need to depart for distant lands to discover new worlds, one just needs eyes to know how to see. M.Proust

Photographer - Daniele Caccia

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Daniele Caccia - Val di Cornia, Livorno, Italy - Mi piace vivere il contatto con la natura, sono appassionato di fotografia naturalistica ed escursionismo,mi piace fotografare la natura a 36o gradi dal mare alla terra,dagli uccelli marini,ai mammiferi…

Photographer - Fabio Damiani - Images from wildlife

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Benvenuto nel mio spazio web dedicato alla fotografia naturalistica, una passione quella per l'immagine e la natura che coltivo ormai da parecchio tempo. Le fotografie contenute in questo sito sono una piccola parte del lavoro fotografico da me svolto in questi ultimi anni, frutto di lunghi appostamenti, ricerca e tanta passione.

Photographer - Guido Bissattini

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Brilliant images…

Photographer - Luca Bracci

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Welcome to my web site. Here you can have a look to my pictures… Tuscan photographer.

Photographer - Luigi Sebastiani

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Birds of Italy and Europe photo gallery - Galleria di foto degli uccelli presenti in Italia ed Europa…

Photographer - Mauro Sanna Fotografi

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Italian wildlife photography…

Photographer - Michele Mendi

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Personal site di Michele Mendi, fotonaturalista e valido collaboratore di Cuneobirding…

Photographer - Roberto Lerco

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Mi chiamo Roberto Lerco. Sono nato nel 1969 e vivo a Nesente, una piccola contrada a circa 6 Km. dal centro di Verona, con mia moglie Orietta e mio figlio Filippo. Con loro condivido la passione per i Viaggi e per la natura in generale. I miei hobbies sono il tennis, la fotografia naturalistica ed il birdwatching…

Web Cam Natura

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The Web Cam Natura aims to provide live, the images of life in different ecosystems of the animals taken from cameras Artuà For Nature. Every day we try to follow and discover the secrets of the ecosystem in which we live, without invading or changing the pace. The web cam is located in Italy, and in limited geographical areas identified by the staff of Artà For Nature. The Web Cam Natura site is viewable only in Italian…