Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: State Biogenetic Nature Reserve; established with D.M.A.F. July 13, 1977; falls within the Po Delta Regional Natural Park.
Emilia Romagna region
The State Biogenetic Nature Reserve Bosco della Mesola covers an area of 835.7 hectares of coastal lowland forest in the Municipality of Mesola (FE). It is included in the Po Delta Regional Natural Park.
Fallow deer and deer in the Bosco della Mesola Nature Reserve (photo www.parcodelta.com)
The Mesola castle, built in 1580 by Alfonso II dEste, which now houses the Environmental Education Center of the Delta Park, was a splendid hunting lodge on the edge of the lowland forest whose last limb is the Gran Bosco della Mesola . A little further south, the road that crosses the labyrinth of Bosco Mesola branches off to the left of the Romea and reaches the crossroads for Volano in the locality of Gigliola. Here you turn left, reaching first the Delta Garden, a botanical garden where flowers and plants from the DElta and the Po Valley are collected, and immediately after entering the Bosco della Mesola Nature Reserve, almost 900 hectares covered mainly with holm oaks, which hygrophilous plants alternate in the interdunal depressions and farnias in the western area.
Frequented by birds of prey and populated by deer and fallow deer, the ancient Keep of Mesola in the Este house is also a safe haven for thousands of anatidae and ardeidae, around small stretches of water open in the interdune belts; common the terrestrial tortoise.
Estense Castle of Mesola (photo www.sitiunesco.it)
Information for the visit
Via C. Colombo, 21 Punta Marina