Thanks to its position, sheltered by stretches of pine forest, land and sea, the Bevano river mouth has been preserved over the centuries.
WHAT TO DO
The area can be visited just in specific times of the year and only in restricted areas, but if you want to fully experience the area, you can choose among the many available guided tours.
The former guardhouse near the water-scooping plant houses the Visitor Centre Cubo Magico Bevanella. A series of excursions on foot, by bicycle or on boat along the river depart right from here. The Visitor centre also houses a small interactive museum, which shows the geological evolution of the area and the functioning of the water-supply systems through technology.
Among the many available excursions, we recommend you visit two sites of great naturalistic value: Ortazzo and Ortazzino.
WHAT TO SEE
Ortazzo was originally a freshwater valley and a rice field. It has then turned into a brackish area, and is today characterised by a remarkable alternation of ponds, reed beds, dunes, Mediterranean vegetation and pine forests.
Ortazzino develops to the south of the Bevano river. It consists of fossilised twists of the river, coastal dunes, wet brackish meadows and dry meadows, which are dotted with juniper and sea buckthorn.
Both areas are a big draw for birdwatchers, since they welcome water birds and diurnal birds of prey that migrate and come to winter here (especially hen harriers and greater spotted eagles).
Furthermore, the area is particularly popular for Kentish plovers — small, endangered wading birds that nest on the beaches. A few dozens of examples have been censused over the last years, demonstrating with their presence the good condition of the entire marine environment.
Between July and August, you can enjoy expanses of flamingos flying over the Bevano river mouth. Moreover, many schistaceus herons, and other aradriforms stop in this area to nest (i.e. black-winged stilts, avocets, little terns and terns).
The walk along the coastal dune belt that unfolds into the brackish water is a very suggestive experience. You can stop here and watch the birdlife from the watchtowers, enjoying the breathtaking view of all the surrounding landscape.