Our river Ofanto continues to give us and our little companions, emotions and suggestions always new, to make us ask for more and more destructive madness which can arm the man against his own habitat, to make us understand our connection with the 'river ecosystem and its inhabitants.

 

In this school year just ended have joined the educational project "Ofanto, my river", implemented under the LIFE + Aufidus, 88 classes of schools in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, more than 2,300 children, 528 hours environmental education, partly in classrooms and in part on the banks of the river, in Ponte Romano, and at the Environmental Education Center "House of Ramsar" in Trinitapoli. We looked at the bottom of the river ecosystem to make the acquaintance of its inhabitants smaller, valuable "spies" of the health of the river macroinvertebrates, while among the findings of our classroom exhibit our "star" are getting them, the birds and their tracks.

21.06.2015  |  The educational project

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On the occasion of the "World Day of Biodiversity" it was organized a day dedicated to LIFE Aufidus within the Regional Park of the River Ofanto and therefore also of the Site of Community Importance.

The Naturalistic Studies Centre NGO in collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have carried out this project to raise awareness also popularizing the industry on issues of nature conservation and the protection of its river ecosystems.

The day was intensely lived by all participants who joined the presentation and field trips.

 

21.05.2015  |  International Biodiversity Day

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During field activities, good news for the queen of the river, the Otter, one of the most rare and elusive mammals of Italy has confirmed its presence not only in the project area (although this part of the river which also includes the mouth is used sporadically), but throughout the course of the river in the SCI.

Recently, it has been verified  its presence in the marana (little river) of Capacciotti, aided by the maximum water level in the dam that has created a new Ofanto tributary. Other mammals, such as wildboar, increase their frequency in the SCI, which is in fact an oasis in the agricultural plain, from the photo a muddy angle near the river with footprints of wild boar, otter, badger and birds.

 

12.03.2014  |  Good news for the Otter

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On 24 and 25 February 2014 was held the monitoring visit of the project.

The monitoring visit is one of the moments of confrontation between the Partnership and the outer core project monitoring that is conducted at least annually to check on the progress of the project. On behalf of the group of external monitoring (Astral-Timesis) participated in the monitor assigned to the project, Dr. Sara Luchetti, the attiviità were carried out, to check the administrative and financial coordinator at the headquarters of the beneficiary with the presence of all partners and the next day there was the visit to the project areas.

 

28.02.2014  |  Project Monitoring

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During the usual camp activities on the inventory of the scientific , already at the beginning of February, the first changes you notice warning of spring looking even in the little things you can see the unmistakable signs such as the fantastic shades of the leaves of Salicornia and limonium that living in strips of residual salt steppes .

Among the birds , in addition to the usual species such as coots , cormorants and gray herons, you begin to see the migrating species such as curlews that this winter had been absent from suitable areas of the mouth or the now rare golden plovers . Among the mammals, the presence of the boar , also recently appeared in the mouth , showed an increase in the number of animals as evidenced by traces of groups where up to now recorded the presence of solitary specimens .

Unfortunately, in addition to recording the beauty of the site and verify the situation naturalistic , operators must record interventions ee alterations caused by man as just another illegal dump , this time for eternity , right next to the river. The CSN addition to the research activities can not fail to notify the competent authorities of these situations with the hope that we can eradicate these practices illegal and harmful to the environment and to humans.

 

10.02.2014  |  You can see the spring

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After a long dry season and a nearly non-existent autumn, after the first snowfall which suddenly covered the heights that host the origins of the majestic river Ofanto, two days of incessant rain have swelled the water in the rivulets, springs and creeks that flow together into the river from the mountainous foothills of Basilicata and Campania.

And so, after the first 12 hours of rain, the river started to "bellow" again, just as the Roman poet noted. The force of the water came up to the mouth of the river and to the project area, so that the area could be safely “accessed" only a couple of days after the peak with some disruptions  to roads and highways. Fortunately, despite the fury of the waters, there were no serious risks to human life, but it has become imperative to reflect on the use of the territory and the "constraint" that humankind has imposed on the morphological and ecological processes of our land.

The hydraulic works  of the past only serve to show that the river and the ecological system which  remains within the almost fully cultivated lands, must be left free to evolve naturally.

The Life project, responds to both ecological issues and the protection of human life. The creation of peri-fluvial wetlands, as foreseen in the project is needed to give space to the river to expand and not to cause damage to man and things.

The project also aims to raise awareness about the need for a different vision of territorial management, at a crucial time when the undeniable and dramatic changes in climate require courageous and virtuous land management choices.

The images of the river in full flood can almost make one imagine  that its “bellow” is a  warning about its and our protection.

 

19.12.2103  |  The “bellow” of the Ofanto

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27.9.2103  |  The LIFE project’s first workshop

Great success for the first workshop of the project Life dedicated to the trainers, held on the 27th of November at the evocative of Barletta Castle Rose Room.

Photo: Tommaso Lorusso

 

 

 

Autumn should start on September 21st, but in Puglia, although the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are still high and a semblance of autumn is felt only when the evenings cool the air.

The river, ponds and  lawns are still dry. This is a common occurrence here because the first rains will only moisten the ground waiting for the floods from December creeks.

Despite this and the recent warm weather, the birds coming from the far north  have appeared. They did not all arrive together, but in such a way as to let us know  that migration is in progress. While the hawks patrol the reeds and the river, at the mouth of the river rare and beautiful waders parade their forms and colours.

As a result, during the species survey activities (action A3 inventory of the fauna), in autumn new bird species can be recorded. Recently, this has been the case for the Ruddy Turnstone that had not yet been reported in the SCI Ofanto River - Lake Capacciotti.

Unfortunately, the negative impact of humans never fails to arise. This time in the forms of waste such as plastic bottles, polystyrene and other industrial products that humans produce and regularly throw away into nature. The images show the contrast between the intrinsic beauty of the animals and the human vulgarity comprising bottles, plastic cups and pieces of PVC pipe left by the river and the sea.

21.9.2103  |  Autumn 2013 starts

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The pictures show a sandpiper sanderling among plastic waste (bottle and glasses), a Turnstone and a Green Sandpiper rest close to a polystyrene box (already pecked by seagulls mistaking it for a big bone) and  three species (Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Green Shank) .on a trunk with a piece of PVC pipe behind them.