Our team visited Italy for a voluminous trip on topics related to salt pans, waterfowl and seagrass in the Po delta area, the lagoon of Comacchio and the salt pans in Cervia.
Representatives of the Green Balkans and the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation met with experts from the LIFE TRANSFER project (LIFE 19 NAT / IT / 000264) - Seagrass transplantation for transitional Ecosystem Recovery, which is being implemented in Italy, Spain and Greece. The activities of the two projects for the protection of the Coastal Lagoons were discussed. While the project "Life for the Pomorie Lagoon" aims to restore the lagoon's hydrological regime and improve the nesting conditions of typical bird species, the LIFE TRANSFER project restores macrophytes such as sea rupees and seagrass typical for that habitat.
Especially useful was the meeting with Mr Graziano Caramori, project manager of LIFE TRANSFER, who explained many details related to the management of seagrass and exchanged experience and know-how between Bulgarian and Italian experts.
Key areas where the project activities are being implemented were visited - the individual pools of the Komakio Lagoon in the Delta of Po River, as well as the salt pans in Cervia - part of the park and one of the most popular places to visit in the region. During the tour, we had the opportunity to talk to the head of salinas activities there, who took us around the complex and introduced us to the methods and techniques of work, as well as tourist and commercial prospects.
We observed a mixed mixed colony of Sandwich, Common and Little terns, Slender-billed and Mediterranean gulls, which nests on an artificial island near the port of Ravenna. It was noteworthy that despite the high vegetation that grows on the island, the colony makes excellent use of the island's habitat. The main problem was the growing population of Yellow-legged gulls, as well as the steep shores of the island, which are dangerous for the juveniles of terns and gulls.