C2 – Ecological restoration of the settling basins of Arno Stream, as a source area for birds of conservation interest – CONCLUDED


The action is over. The laying of the last floating islands ended on 18 September 2019. During the breeding season the islands laid with the first stages gave positive feedback.

The new habitat was quickly colonized by the Moretta tabaccata (Aythya nyroca) breeding with 3 pairs, together with 2 pairs of Pochard (Aythya ferina) and 2 pairs of Pochard (Aythya fuligula).


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.

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