'Habitat (r)Evolution: from Amphibians to Birds'
Project by Carlo Scoccianti | Interventi

This is Phase II of the construction works of the protected area of the Val di Rose Wetlands which forms part of the creation of several new marsh habitats formed around the initial nucleus of the area realized in 1996. 

Among these new environments, there is a large basin of approximately 5 acres that has been designed in conjunction with the construction of an overflow flood-control storage area for the containment of rainwater in the Polo Scientifico Universitario. 

 

Approximately twenty years after the completion of the first invasions intended specifically for the reproduction of amphibians (as a form of environmental compensation due to the devastation of the humid lowlands that were part of the original construction of the University buildings), the area is once more interested in reconstructing the ancient landscape ex novo that used to define the plain. A great Work-Site which emerges amidst the surrounding landscape, rendered useless for intensive agriculture, and in the foothills of the urban periphery.

The new dimension and the complex of the planned interventions will greatly increase the ecologic capabilities of the territory: not only will new environments be built for the local amphibian populations, but at the same time so will it become a place for other species including birds.     

 

The name given to this intervention is intended to emphasize the different points of reference (which leads, as stated previously, to new functional capabilities for diverse wildlife species) that are reminiscent of the evolution of vertebrates, as well as the innovative thinking that led to this kind of action to be undertaken in the territory. From a degraded plain, once used for intensive agriculture whose open space is still in danger of being invaded by new construction, this type of intervention demonstrates a ground-breaking  yet practical path of development, protection and enhancement of territory. 

 

Category

Work-Site

Area

Val di Rose Wetlands

 

Type of intervention

Creation of new wetlands with numerous bogs, marshland, ponds and a lake, developed in an area of approximately 5 hectares. 

Simultaneous realization of trails for public use and two observatories. 

 

Stage of the project

Under construction (work began February 2013). 

 

Main bio-indicators (species or ‘groups’ of species) reference for monitoring the ecological functionality of the Work-Site:

 - Amphibians: place of refuge and reproduction

 - Waders: rest, refuge and feeding place

 - Ducks: rest, shelter and feeding place. 

 - Ardeidae: roost

 

Main authorities / agencies involved in the intervention

- Università degli Studi di Firenze

- Comitato per le Oasi WWF dell'Area Fiorentina