Settled in the ancient valleys of Mezzano, Portomaggiore is a wetland of extraordinary natural value for the protection of numerous animal and plant species. Occupying an area of about 52 hectares, the Oasis is made up of a central pool with a perimeter of about 3.5 km, and three smaller ones. Thanks to a strip of land separating the pools, you can walk or go by bike along the perimeter of the central body of water, enjoying the variety of plants and animals present and admire the breathtaking views offered by the oasis.
Thanks to its extraordinary characteristics of freshwater wetland it was possible to enhance two important reintroduction projects, which led to the return of animal species that had formerly disappeared in the area: the Greylag Goose and the White Stork. To date, more than 300 pairs of Greylag Goose and 4 pairs of White Stork take their nestle here.
Beyond storks, in the greed’s grove you can admire reeds herons, little egrets and night herons; on the waters of the pools you can find different duck species, like Common Teals, Garganeys, Northern Pintails together with Greylag Gooses and Grebes. On the waters of the pool “prato umido” you will find plenty of limicola, like Common stilts, Sandpipers and Spoonbills, while in the sky beautiful birds of prey fly. It’s often possible to come across to beautiful Kingfishers as well as to the many passerines living in the rich vegetation of the oasis.
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The oasis visitor center called "At Stork’s House" is a little museum about the oasis and its main character: the White Stork. Porty, the center’s mascot, will lead you at the discovery of the inhabitants of the oasis and of their habits.
The Visitor Center is also the starting point of numerous free or guided tour to the Oasis; moreover, here you can rent bicycles and binoculars that will allow you explore the area surrounding the oasis, an exciting mosaic of landscapes: from the ancient valleys of Mezzano and its lakes to the “Delizia Estense del Verginese” and its brolo, a Renaissance garden recently rebuilt.
Opening hours (winter) Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 to 16:00
Opening hours (summer) Saturday, Sunday and holidays 8:45 to 18:45
Adult ticket €2,00, Reduced ticket €1,00 (children between 6-12 years old, over 65, groups)
Free Entrance: children up to six years old, disabled people.