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From the fishing station Foce to the Comacchio Saltpan, to Valle di Fossa Porto, and Valle Zavelea
The itinerary, of about 9 kilometres, starts from the fishing station Foce. Turn left to get to the Valle Uccelliera, a brackish valley with flocks of ducks of different species, especially in the winter and during migrations. Continuing on the path you will reach the Comacchio Saltpan, where you can observe many species of waders; gulls and terns nest here, where the largest Italian colony of flamingos and the only Italian colony of spoonbills reside as well.

Always from Stazione Foce, turning right, you can go along the Fossa Foce bank for 5 kilometres towards Zavelea Valley. Here, you can sight the most important species of the Comacchio valleys. At the end of the itinerary you enter the Zavelea Valley, with extensive reed beds (where march harriers nest) and with mudflats where little terns, common terns, gull-billed terns and the rarest collared pratincole nest.
Finally, always starting from Stazione Foce you can embark on a boat visit to the Valleys; the ferry boat, which brings to the old big fishing houses, is a very interesting observation place. The itinerary follows on along the north end of the Fossa di Porto Valley, with many hillocks hosting important colonies of charadriiformes.

Furlana Valley: from Boscoforte to Volta Scirocco
Furlana Valley is the southern part of the Comacchio Valleys, it is a sanctuary for birdwatching in Italy. Flamingos, spoonbills, purple herons, cranes, shelducks, caspian terns, ospreys, greater spotted eagles, these are only some of the very rare species which you can sight in this fascinating itinerary. The Furlana Valley is accessible via the evocative ferry boat on the Reno river, from Sant’Alberto, where the Visitor Centre of the Park is located.
The itinerary along the bank, starting near the famouse Boscoforte peninsula, unties for approximately 6.5 kilmetres towards the Adriatic sea, up to Volta Scirocco.
You first get to the Lavadena, with a mosaic of hillocks covered in halophilous vegetation on which large colonies of gulls, terns and waders nest.
Further on, the shallow waters of the Scorticata regularly host thousands of ducks, geese and swans, waders and herons and bitterns. From the equipped sheds of the calm flood plain of Volta Scirocco you can observe, among other species, purple herons, black-winged stilts and gadwalls.

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