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Cascina Spinola


Location

Features

Opening period

Closest Airports

Livorno Ferraris - Vercelli NW Italy All year round

Contacts

Torino

Milano Bergamo

ITALY

Milano Malpensa (1,5 h.) Torino Caselle (1 h.)

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Cascina Spinola

F. Rovedo

F. Rovedo

info@skuanature.com 0141-918403

30 Photo Hides 15 Hectars

F. Rovedo

The Lowlands of the Vercelli’s plains are an area extremely favourable for farming, and the rice fields in the last century have become an almost uninterrupted extension. An old but still very efficient canal system has been providing the necessary water supply, and the whole area has been nicknamed “the squared sea”: Until very few years ago, these rice fields have played a key role as stop over sites for migrating herons and especially waders, as well as being of great importance for amphibians and insects. But nowadays the situation is getting worse, mainly due to massive use of pesticides and a lesser use of water during springtime.This introduction is necessary to understand the importance of creating new wetlands and the need to restore habitats: traditional rice fields can’t no longer act as substitutes for natural wetlands.Therefore the role that Cascina Spinola is set to play is absolutely unique and extremely precious: more than a hundred hectares of cultivated farmland will be turned into a wet natural habitat, which will include open body of waters, reedbeds and wet meadows.

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Even if the restoration project is not finished yet, the place is already frequented​by lots of species along the year and some rarities has alredy appeared, such as Red Phalarop, Little Stint and Marbled Duck;These first observations give us hope for the future of this area.This oasis represents also a very important support to all those migratory birds that have to deal with the difficult Alps crossing, being located in one of the most famous italian migratory way, just at the Alps entrance. Moreover,​the place has already been chosen by lots of ​ wintering ​Herons (Sacred Ibis, Great Egrets, Little Egrets and Grey Herons) In front of the several hides that overlook the wetlands,​Black Winged Stilt, Ruffs, Spotted Redshank, Blacktailed Godwits, Sandpipers, Snipes, Jack Snipe, Spotted Crake, Water Rail, Lapwings and Cormorants c​ an be usually seen​. You will also find Common tern, Black Tern, Wiskered Tern, in addition to the above mentioned Herons, also Squacco Heron, some individuals of Purple Heron, Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill and Little Bittern c​ an be photographed. Among ducks, the colourful Shelduck, Garganey,Teals and Shoveler use to get together in the water bodies. Lots of passerines usually s​ pend time among the hedges and banks of Cascina Spinola, from the colourful Yellow Wagtails to the shy Bluethroat. The incredible biodiversity of this area includes also several raptors as Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Hen harrier, Little Owl and Barn Owl, normally easy to see from different hides.

CONSERVATION PROJECTS Thanks to the funds raised with nature tourism, we develop and manage active conservation projects every year. Find more at page 126 & 130

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M. Biasioli

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BIRDS


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After just 4 months from the end of the restoration works, 58 couples of Black-Winged Stilts started nesting in the area.

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OTHER WILDLIFE

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The 12 hectares of wetlands represents an amazing ecotone among marsh vegetation and the one proper to rural italian countryside. Inside the area Typha Latifolia ​​reeds ​​and big bushes of ​​Cornflowers ​can be found, as well as ​​Amphibious Bistort and Chamomile, little groups of​lilies a​ nd papavers. In springtime beautiful ​I​ris ​pseudacorus ​can be s​ een along the water drains. Hedges includes several arboreal and shrub-like plants, from roses​to w ​ illows and Alders.​New lines of hedges have been planted and every year the botanical importance of the area increases. Cascina Spinola is not only an Oasis for birds but also a refuge for several kinds o ​ f mammals as European Polecat, Western Hedgehog, Eastern Cottontail, foxes. Focusing on other​wildlife s​ pecies ​we can appreciate the view of several amphibious like edible frogs and different kinds​of newts, reptiles as Grass Snake and Western Whip Snake and also a multitude of dragonflies as Ischnura elegans, Platycnemis pennipes, Orthetrum cancellatum e albistylum, Crocothemis erythraea, Aeshna cyanea, Aeshna mixta, Anax imperator, Sympetrum depressiusculum, Calopteryx splendens. Among butterflies the most common are Vanessa atalanta, Papilio machaon e Inachis​.They fill the colours palette of this picture called ​ “Cascina Spinola”.


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PHOTOGRAPHY

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CASCINA SPINOLA

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Thanks to 10 photo hides located in strategic places inside the estate, photographers can enjoy new ​daily p ​ hoto possibilities and species ​all​year ​round​. Each hide has been designed to be perfectly integrated with the surrounding nature and to offer the best opportunities in terms of perspectives (from the water level to higher view for birds in flight), light and backgrounds. High quality glasses help getting​pictures of ​ some behaviours difficult to photograph in other conditions. ​ Paths leading to the hides are easy to cover and sheltered not to bother animals.

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PHOTO HIDES


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HIDE 1 Species

Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Sandpipers & Waders

C. Galliani

F. Rovedo

All year round

Price

40 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Seats

2 persons

HIDE 2 Species

Stints, Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, Garganey, Black winged Stilt, Waders

Best Period C. Galliani

F. Rovedo

All year round

Price

40 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 3 Species

Great Egret, Shelduck, Common Tern, Shoveler, Great Cormorant

Best Period C. Galliani

F. Rovedo

All year round

Price

40 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

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CASCINA SPINOLA

Best Period


HIDE 4 Species

Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis, Little Grebe, Night Heron, Garganey, Ducks

Best Period C. Galliani

F. Rovedo

All year round

Price

40 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 5 - MEADOW Species

Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Ruff, Common Buzzard

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All year round

Price

40 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 6 - BITTERN Species

Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Snipe and other lots of Waders

Best Period C. Galliani

F. Rovedo

All year round

Price

40 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 7 Species

Black wiged Stilt, Jack Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, Spotted Crake, Hen Harrier

Best Period C. Galliani

F. Rovedo

All year round

Price

40 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 8 Species

Bittern, Teal, Water Rail, Spotted crake, Lapwing, Garganey, Waders

Best Period C. Galliani

F. Rovedo

All year round

Price

40 Euro

For info and reservations, please contact our Office. We speak English, Italian, French, Spanish and Russian

info@skuanature.com From UK 020 81449814 from other Countries +39 0141918403 Working hours Monday to Friday - 09.30AM to 06.00PM

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Teresa Rocchi

Logistic & Operations

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons


HIDE 9 - LITTLE OWL Species

Little Owl, Redstart, Black Redstart

Best Period

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

Price

C. Galliani

M. Premoli

All year round 60 Euro

2 persons

HIDE 10 - VISITOR CENTRE Species

Sacred Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Marsh Harrier, Night Heron, Herons and Waders

Best Period All year round

300/600 mm

Places

Price

R. Lucietti

F. Rovedo

Lens

40 Euro

4 persons

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Cascina Spinola estate offers the possibility to book s​ ingle ​ photo-sessions​but it is also a perfect destination for week-end long photo experiences that can be c​ ombined with the use of the dedicated​hides of t​wo INNATE reserves located c​ lose to Cascina Spinola. During an entire week-end you can relax and really enjoy your visit to these nature areas in the middle of Vercelli ricefields, focusing on its wildlife and tasting the local food excellence. Our hide keeper will welcome you and suggest you the best hides to use.

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Arrival at Livorno Ferraris (Vercelli’ province) and meet with our hide keeper. Possible first hide session at Cascina Spinola estate Cascina Spinola estate – hide sessions San Genuario reserve & Fontana Gigante reserve– hide sessions and departure.

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