Thanks to its position, sheltered by stretches of pine forest, land and sea, the Bevano river mouth has been preserved over time. Located between Lido di Dante and Lido di Classe, it embellishes the coast with a rich and unspoilt natural area.
It is possible to fully experience this environment, thanks to the rich selection of guided tours and easy access to the area. As a matter of fact, not far from the Bevano river mouth, the former guardhouse near the water-scooping plant houses the Visitor Centre “Cubo Magico Bevanella”. This centre organizes many excursions on foot, by bicycle or by boat on the river, hiring even binoculars, canoes or bicycles. The building also houses a small interactive museum, which, with the use of technology, tells visitors about the geological evolution of the area and the functioning of the water-supply systems.
Among the many excursions on foot, by bicycle or electric boat, two sites are of great naturalistic value: Ortazzino and Ortazzo.
The Ortazzo, originally a freshwater valley and a rice field, is today a brackish area. It is characterised by a remarkable alternation of ponds, reed beds, dunes, Mediterranean vegetation and pine forests.
The Ortazzino develops to the west of the Bevano. It is composed of the fossilised twists of the river, coastal dunes, wet brackish meadows and dry meadows, which are dotted with juniper and sea buckthorn.
These two areas are a big draw for birdwatchers, since it welomes 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 the 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 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 water is a very suggestive experience. Here, you can stop and watch birdlife from the watchtowers and enjoy this breathtaking view.