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Tepilora Park at work to enhance nature trails in the Ramsar Site

The mapping activities of the Tepilora Park are underway for the construction of the lookout points, huts and wooden turrets for the observation of birdlife. Thanks to these structures, you will be able to immerse yourself in the habitat of the very rare Sultan Chicken, the Pink Flamingo or the Marsh Harrier among the reeds and the articulated branches of the wetland and ponds of Rio Posada, a RAMSAR area of ​​international importance, recently recognized in 2021, with the technical support of the MEDSEA Foundation. And again, it will be possible to observe the enchanting meadows of water lilies along the slow flow of the waters of the Rio Mannu and Posada on the Lodè side. In the woodland compendium of Usinavà in Torpè and in those of Crastatza and Littos in Bitti it will be possible to observe mouflons and fallow deer, the golden eagle and that of Bonelli, and many other species of birds of prey. 

The project, funded by the Regional Department of Defense of the Environment in Sardinia, with 120 thousand euros, is going through a phase of partial review in recent weeks in the definition of the best sites for positioning the observation points. A journey undertaken together with tour operators, environmental, sports and cultural associations operating in the protected area, and citizens, who in the last two months have actively taken part to a series of meetings promoted by the Tepilora Park Authority. 

“Telling the Park and making it accessible to different types of visitors cannot be done without taking into account the indications from those who have lived and discovered every corner of our protected area for many years”, explains the director of the Park, Marianna Mossa. There are points so hidden and difficult to reach that only a few experts can let us know. The information tour, which has just ended, in the four municipalities of the protected area (Bitti, Torpè, Posada and Lodè) has allowed us to meet hundreds of citizens who have shared experiences and information ". 

The huts will be built both in the fluvial and wetlands areas, where the ease of observation is much greater, both for the number of species that populate these habitats, and for the ease with which they can be seen, and in the transitional areas of the wooded areas where there is the possibility of observing fauna species of both ecosystems, which move from one area to another. 

The creation of small infrastructures, such as perches or platforms on the water near the huts, increases the possibility of observation and encourages the presence of species. In this way, a double function is carried out: the chances of photographing the animals are improved and their settlement is facilitated, recreating the ideal conditions for nesting or feeding - which can, among other things, be encouraged by creating artificial nest boxes. 

 "Our communities have a truly unique environmental heritage at their disposal, often little known even by those who live there. It is incredible that there are locals who have never been to the forests of Littos and Crastatza or Torpeini who have never admired the island of Tavolara from the peaks of Punta Coloredda in Usinavà. Here, hand in hand with our proposing ourselves to the world, we must ensure that even the inhabitants of the villages of the Park can learn more and more about the beauty that surrounds them ", concludes Mossa. 

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