The Oasi is made accessible to people by two different ways:
- By leaving from the Marshes Museum through pre-arranged paths that can be followed exclusively with the presence of an environmental guide. The Oasi, depending on individual needs and time at one’s disposal, can be visited on foot, by car for short distances, and by bike, which people can rent on the spot.
- By free access through the Park of the country church of Saint George (Pieve di San Giorgio), through the Valle Santa or any other path suggested on the maps.
Among the variety of possible paths, here are three examples that can be followed both walking and by bike:
1 - GUIDED TOUR
If you leave from the Marshes Museum, follow a white pathway that crosses a cultivated area and that will lead you to a road fork. Then, turn left and run along the road that leads up to the dyke of Cassa Campotto. Once there, if you turn your eyes left, you will be able to admire a plethora of water lilies and the nidification of such birds as cormorants that came back to these places about ten years ago, whereas if you watch on your right, you will see the wetlands, showing some typical water vegetation — i.e. reeds, sedges, and so on.
Here you can find the purple heron, the ashen heron and the little Egret, as well as a variety of species of ducks, the greylag goose and the stilt-bird. Going down along the dyke, you will reach the Traversante Wood, in which you can follow a ring-shaped path that is also equipped with facilities for the disabled, in particular for the sight disabled, since it is supplied with a hand-rail and directions in the Braille system about the wood vegetation. All along the path you can see typical hygrophilous vegetation represented by the white poplar, the ash-tree, the elm and the willow-tree as far as the arboreal vegetation is concerned; among the shrubs, instead, you can find the elder and the hazel.
From special holes made on bamboo, you can observe the environment today overlooking the Cavone, once a clay quarry from r which a material used to construct neighbouring buildings used to be drawn. Going out of the path, you can go ahead until you reach the river Idice banks, and if you keep going along them, you will eventually reach again your starting-point, that is to say the white road;
2- GUIDED TOUR
At the beginning, the second option follows the same directions as the first one. What changes here is the path inside the Traversante Wood, as the beginning of it is situated ahead of the other one. Between the two, the path less chosen is precisely this one, since it lacks any equipment for disabled people, and also the little window-like holes made in the bamboo fence to do some bird-watching, although the type of experience is the same on the whole.
The humid areas in the Wood - which in case of exceptionally rainy conditions can also be flooded — are the habitat of green frogs, red frogs, tree-frogs and toads, whereas the undergrowth is the home of the green lizard and the country lizard. Once you go out of the path, go along the river Idice banks and you will find yourself on the road that was your starting-point.
You can obviously find various explicatory pane/s on the flora and fauna present in the Oasi.
If you take the Marsh museum as a landmark, go along the Cardinala Road in the direction of Campotto and, after the river Idice, turn left so you will reach the Oasi of Valle Santa. For those who prefer following an autonomous path, the overflowing terrain case of Valle Santa is a good alternative. By choosing the latter option, you can freely go along the external banks, either by bike or walking, excluding the Northern banks that are accessible only on the opening days of fishing, that is to say on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. If you begin your tour in Valle Santa, the starting-post is situated between the wetland on your right, and the overflowing terrain case on your left.
Going along the path, at some stage you will come across one of those window-like holes made in the bamboo fence that will allow you to observe the avifauna living in the wetlands. The overflowing terrain case can be observed from the turret for observation, which is an excellent position for birdwatching. Flora and fauna are the same as those present in Val Campotto: one can see grey herons and also cormorants flying between the Campotto terrain case and Valle Santa. As previously mentioned, you can either walk down the whole path along the outer edge of the overflowing terrain case or, once you have reached the extremity of the terrain case, you have to come back. Valfe Santa is, therefore, the ideal environment for all those keen bird-watchers who do not need any guide or explanations, as well as for those families and groups who wish to spend pleasant moments in the open air during their free time.
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