Goldfinch

LIPU Reserve

Ostiglia (MN)

Tel. 0386 46159

Ostiglia

Habitat

A wetland area which developed following the construction of a channel to connect the River Tartaro and the Molinella Canal. Due to large scale reclamation work the Ostiglia marsh has been transformed into a unique area of its type, a kind of "hanging" marsh, left raised above the general level of the surrounding land.

Birds

At first sight this marshland reserve seems to be mainly covered in reeds and sedge, surrounded by small copses of willow and alder. Closer inspection reveals examples of some marshland plant species which are rare and localised in Italy. There are also many interesting animals: birds include Purple Herons and Marsh Harriers, as well as many smaller species such as Bearded Tits, Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings, all of which breed in substantial numbers. This wetland habitat is suitable for other aquatic species such as herons, rails and raptors, as well as reptiles and amphibians, a testimony to the importance of Ostiglio marsh.

Visits

Facilities are in the process of being constructed. Visitors should contact 0386 46159.
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