C1 – Creation and restoration of wetlands and other aquatic habitats at “I Geraci”, in favour of birds and butterflies of conservation interest – CONCLUDED


Action complete. Cultural treatments are underway.


The following interventions have been carried out:

  • creation of 11,700 m2 of wetlands in favor of Lycaena dispar
  • construction of 7,400 m2 of reeds in favor of the target species of birds
  • creation of 6,500 m2 of wetlands, habitat 3150 “Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition vegetation” in favor of birds of community interest
  • creation of 8,600 m2 of “lanche” in favor of target birds
  • creation of 120m for the Alcedo atthis habitat
  • creation of 2ha of habitat 32010. Sowing for habitat creation is underway

Furthermore, unscheduled interventions have been carried out for the reconstruction of the environments lateral to the river (8 ha)


The action in I Geraci (Motta Visconti) includes 8 sub-actions all completed (report no.10 of 16 May 2019). The new morphology of the area was created through excavations and carryovers of C.1.1: reed bed; C.1.2: eutrophic lake; C.1.3: Arid areas; C.1.4 and C.1.5: launches; C.1.6: rotting lawn; C.1.7: canal requalification; C.1.8: Lateral environments F. Ticino.

Only the sowing works of the arid meadow are to be completed, plant material is ready and sowing is scheduled for late October / early November. The cultural treatments provide for a precise time schedule which takes place regularly until the end of the project and also thereafter.


For the implementation of the interventions of action C1, two tenders were carried out, as per approved projects. The first, concerning the reforestation and forest improvement works in the municipality of Motta Visconti, is assigned to a company in January 2018. In February 2018 the construction site was opened and the work took place in the following months. Crop care is also provided on the site in question, which has continued throughout the summer and early autumn. 3 hectares of humid forests classified as habitat 91E0 * “Alluvial forests of Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior” have been created and the forestry improvement of about 12 hectares of wood, both with the elimination of alien species (in particular red oak and conch pine ) in woods classified as habitat 91F0 “Mixed forests sheltering Quercus robur, Ulmus laevis and Ulmus minor, Fraxinus excelsior or Fraxinus angustifolia” for about 10.5 ha and with the redevelopment of robini groves for about 1.5 ha, with the aim to extend the 91F0 habitat in the future.

The second tender concerns all other interventions related to action C1, together with those foreseen by actions C2, C3 and C6. The works were entrusted in November 2018. The start of the construction site is scheduled for December 2018.

The supply of herbaceous species of arid and humid environments for the interventions foreseen by actions C1 and C6 have been assigned to a company specialized in this supply.


On January 24, 2018, the works were entrusted to the Puricelli company for the implementation of the interventions planned with Action A4 at “I Geraci”, in the Municipality of Motta Visconti (MI), which include the restoration and creation of wetlands, woods humid and dry habitats.

The action will be carried out by the park in collaboration with FLA and GRAIA.

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