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THE WOOD OF ALVISOPOLI

A WWF oasis just a short distance from Bibione

THE WOOD OF ALVISOPOLI

The Wood of Alvispoli, Oasis of the WWF, is also called the Park of Villa Mocenigo; it is a remnant of a lowland forest, transformed by the nobleman Alvise Mocenigo and his wife at the end of the eighteenth centyry in a trendy garden of almost three hectares annexed to the manor house, in which he inserted exotic specimens and opened a series of paths that wind between canals fed by spring waters, hills and a central lake.

In particular, it is possible to observe a single rose in the world, the Moceniga, which survived for two hundred years without the intervention of man, whose origin remains today veiled in mystery.

The state of complete abandonment in which the forest has been for several decades has allowed spontaneous tree species to regain the upper hand; currently the park extends for about 3.5 hectares and has the rough shape of a quadrilateral in which about 2 km of paths wind, suitably traced and completed with wooden bridges.

Numerous animal species populate the area: we can find, for example, the Italic tree frog (Hyla intermedia), the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis), the wood nuthatch (Sitta europaea), the river Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), the Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea), but also some species of mammals and fish.

The area can be reached along the A4 motorway in the Mestre-Trieste section, exiting at Portogruaro towards Fossalta di Portogruaro; from this centre follow the signs for Alvisopoli, Fossalta di Portogruaro (Ve).