Nature Reserve – Inside the animal kingdom
The Valle Cavanata Regional Nature Reserve extends in the more oriental side of the Grado lagoon and is reachable thanks to the breath-taking bicycle path. This area, of international value, is a real paradise for birdwatching: in fact, between beaches and a host of sandbanks, a lot of waterfowl species live here and have the optimal environmental conditions for a stopover and nesting. The right itinerary gives you the possibility to observe them in their natural habitat. The Valle Cavanata Regional Nature Reserve connects with the open sea through adjustable locks. It is crisscrossed with canals and watercourses skirted by woods and clearings where some animal species find refuge.
The mouth of the Isonzo Reserve is the ideal habitat for many animal species and, in particular, for resident and migratory birds. Not surprisingly, it has been acknowledged as the best area in Italy for birdwatching. Its heart, the island of Cona, which houses the visitor centre, is one of the major educational, scientific and naturalistic sites renowned internationally. The integrity of the area is ensured by constant environmental interventions. It is also entrusted to the animals themselves, such as to the Camargue horses living free on the reserve, which help control the development of the vegetation.