During an afternoon last May (2013), I went to Pian di Spagna and Lake Mezzola Nature Reserve, a beautiful wetland between Lake Como and Lake Mezzola.
Pian di Spagna and Lago di Mezzola Nature Reserve was established with the resolution of the Regional Council no. 86 of 30/11/83: it was established to ensure, in the spirit of the Ramsar Convention (IRAN, 1971), the adequate environment for the stop and nesting of migratory birds, to safeguard and maintain the natural and landscape features of the wetland, to regulate the visit of the protected area with didactic-recreational purposes, and to bring under control the local social and economic activities, in the respect of the environment conservation needs.
Here you can observe several different species of birds throughout the year. Due to the position close to the Alps, many birds stop here to take some rest during their migrations.
Pian di Spagna and Lake Mezzola Nature Reserve is an interesting alternative to Lake Como: inside the reserve and around it you can do bird watching, take guided tours, walk, cycle or have a boat tour.
During my visit I recorded a couple of videos: here is one showing the cycle path along the coast of Mezzola Lake – and a little friend which is almost always there.
If the video doesn’t start automatically, please use the following link: http://youtu.be/KR3patYxiDA
July 2018 Updates: a few years ago I discovered that is possible to rent an electric boat and go around the Pian di Spagna e Lago di Mezzola reserve. It is also possible to rent a bike and following the cycle path arriving in Morbegno. Finally, Slow Lake Como is working on guided tours there if interested stay tuned!
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