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Parks to rediscover the wildlife

True sanctuaries dedicated to biodiversity, these nature reserves safeguard Lombardy's wildlife heritage and teach us to respect it

In the silence of the forests of Lombardy, one can discover charming unspoilt natural areas, a refuge for different varieties of unique and shy creatures.

Exploring these places in depth means approaching the wildlife in their natural environment, respecting their space within the backdrop of pristine nature. You can spot different animal and plant species, take part in excursions led by experts and enjoy fun and learning areas for all ages. The nature reserves of Lombardy are a treasure preserved with hard work and passion. 

 

Sant'Alessio, an oasis of biodiversity in the heart of Lombardy

This precious site, in the province of Pavia, is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and the reintroduction of endangered wild species. The Sant'Alessio Oasis plays a fundamental role in the protection and conservation of the local fauna. The nature reserve provides an ideal environment for migratory birds, which find refuge here during their travels. Grey herons, kingfishers, moorhens and others find a habitat here full of shade and shelter.

The commitment of the Sant'Alessio Oasis is not only limited to birds. Significant efforts are also made to encourage the breeding and reintroduction of endangered animal species, contributing to the conservation of biodiversity. Measures are taken to preserve and promote the presence of amphibians, such as frogs and toads. Visitors can learn to respect and appreciate the value of biodiversity and the need to preserve it for future generations.

The park can be visited all year round, except in January. Tickets can be purchased directly at the park or from the official website, where you can find all the information about the initiatives and how to visit.

 

Paradise Fish Park, immersed in the kingdom of fish

Welcome to Parco Ittico Paradiso, a 13-hectare oasis set in a forest of over 9000 trees in Lodi dedicated to the conservation of fish fauna.

The park is divided into themed areas and crisscrossed by spring water channels that are home to various species of freshwater fish. Chub, carp, koi and barbel can be spotted, while the sector dedicated to larger fish hosts sturgeon and torpedo fish. In the canals, char, grayling and trout of different species are visible. The special feature of the park lies in the underwater observatories, which allow the fish to be admired in their natural environment without bothering them.

The Paradiso Fish Park also offers other attractions. It is easy to meet storks and fallow deer in the park, and on the small farm, donkeys, ponies and goats will delight the children. The park is a nature reserve where animals live free, allowing them to be admired without architectural barriers in their natural habitats, which range from fountains to ponds with aquatic plants such as water lilies and rushes to woods, where dormice, weasels, rabbits, hedgehogs, squirrels and badgers live.

The Park can be visited all year round, except in January. Admission tickets, as well as all information for the visit, can be found on the official website

 

Alpine Eco Fauna Observatory

The Alpine Eco Fauna Observatory is located in Aprica, in the province of Sondrio. It represents an important reference point for the study and conservation of Alpine fauna. It is the ideal home for the many animal species accustomed to life at high altitudes.
Here, the main objective is to monitor and study the alpine fauna to better understand its behaviour, habits, and population dynamics. Research is carried out on the wildlife in the area: ibexes, chamois, deer, marmots and the other inhabitants of the forest.

Through visibly marked trails and strategic viewpoints, wildlife can be discreetly observed without causing disturbance to their natural balance. You will learn a lot about their lifestyle and the conservation efforts as well as the work to preserve their habitat. 
Access is only possible during the summer and by booking in advance. All information can be found on the official website.

The WWF Forest of Vanzago: an ode to biodiversity

Located in the municipality of Vanzago, the forest is an extraordinary nature reserve managed by WWF Italy. This oasis of peace offers an unspoilt environment, rich in lush flora, diverse fauna and precious wetlands.

Numerous birds inhabiting the area can be spotted here, including woodpeckers, tits, hoopoes and many others. The ancient trees and bushes provide shelter for a variety of mammals, including badgers, hedgehogs, foxes and porcupines, which move nimbly through the vegetation. One of the distinctive features of the forest are the wetlands, such as ponds and marshes, which provide ideal habitats for a wide variety of amphibian and reptile species. Here it is possible to spot frogs, toads, lizards and snakes, which find refuge in these precious areas full of life.

To best explore the WWF Bosco di Vanzago, we recommend participating in guided hikes led by WWF nature experts. The forest also offers picnic areas, where you can relax and enjoy a quiet break surrounded by nature. In addition, WWF regularly organises educational and engaging activities, such as workshops and courses, to raise awareness of the importance of environmental conservation among people of all ages.

You can only visit the Vanzago WWF Forest by taking part in a guided tour or an organised activity. There is no free access to the oasis. All information is published on the official WWF Forest website

 

Close encounters at Le Cornelle Wildlife Park

A wide range of animal species from all over the world can be admired up close in the province of Bergamo. From majestic tigers to playful monkeys, curious lemurs, and colourful parrots. A close encounter with wildlife is always possible at the Le Cornelle Wildlife Park.

The “Flight of the Raptors”, one of the most popular attractions, allows you to admire the elegance of falcons, vultures and eagles as they soar up high in the sky with grace and power. In addition to the educational aspect, the Park also offers numerous attractions to have fun and spend an enjoyable day with interactive games for the little ones, picnic areas and nature trails for the whole family.

The park can be visited from February to November. Opening hours and ticket purchase are available on the park's official website.

 

Disconnect to reconnect

In nature and wildlife oases, one can experience a genuine connection with wildlife, watching animals in their habitat without interfering with their natural cycles. The protection of species and their ecosystems becomes an integral part of a modern, conscious and environmentally sustainable holiday.

Leaving everyday stress behind, disconnecting from the pressure of modern technology and allowing oneself to delve into the lush landscapes offers an unmissable opportunity to regenerate body and soul. Discovering the diversity of wildlife creates awareness of the importance of preserving natural heritage and also of the quality time one can dedicate to oneself.

A trip to Lombardy could prove to be a moment of reconnection, where flora and fauna coexist in perfect balance.

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