Even if the restoration project has not ended yet, this oasis represents a very important support to migrations since it is located right at the entrance of the Alps. It is already attended by lots of birds all year round and some rarities, such as Red Phalarop, Little Stint and Marbled Duck have already appeared. In front of the hides that overlook the wet-lands, Black Winged Stilt, Ruffs, Spotted Redshank, Blacktailed Godwits, Sandpipers, Snipes, Jack Snipe, Spotted Crake, Water Rail, Lapwings and Cormorants can be widely seen together with the Common, Black and Wiskered Tern. The stars of this reserve surely are the herons: Little and Great Egrett, Grey, Squacco and Purple Heron, Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill and Little Bittern can be photographed here. Among ducks, we can boast the first Piedmont Shelducks nest but also Garganey, Teals and Shoveler are normally seen in the ponds. At Cascina Spinola, many passerine, from Yellow Wagtails to the Bluethroat, live among plants like chamomile, lilies, poppy, roses, willows and alders. New lines of hedges have been planted and every year the botanical importance of the area increases. The incredible biodiversity of this area is shown by the pres-ence of several raptors like the Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Hen harrier, Kestrel, Little and Barn Owl, that can be easily seen from different hides. Also mammals as European Polecat, Western Hedgehog, Eastern Cottontail and Foxes can be found. Furthermore, there are several amphibious like frogs and newts, reptiles like Grass and Western Whip Snake, dragonflies like Ischnura elegans, Platycnemis pennipes and many others who, with butterfly like Vanessa atalanta, Papilio machaon e Inachis, fill the colorful palette of this picture called “Cascina Spinola”.
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