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Birding in Italy Trip, Coastal Wetlands North of Naples

5based on 2 reviews
Italy 1 Days
Starting From EUR 112 / per person
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Birding in Rome Trip, Italy

5based on 1 review
Italy 1 Days
Starting From EUR 120 / per person
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Starting From EUR 145 / per person
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Birdwatching in Italy, Ventotene Island Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Italy 3 Days
Starting From EUR 485 / per person
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Starting From EUR 540 / per person
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Italian Wolf and Bear Tour in Abruzzo

4.79based on 4 reviews
Italy 3 Days
Starting From EUR 595 / per person
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Starting From EUR 755 / per person
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Starting From EUR 755 / per person
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Starting From EUR 860 / per person
Southern European Waterbirds
A huge portion of the Italian coastline was once consisting in huge wetlands. While only small sections are stille present today, these still host a very high diversity of waterbirds. Among these, some are of particular interest, as for example the iconic flamingos and spoonbills, the uncommon pigmy cormorant and western swamphen, the beautiful black-necked stint, collared pratincole and glossy ibis, and the endangered ferrouginous duck. Not to forget is the high diversity of gull species with Audoin's and the slender-billed being probably the most fascinating.
Birds of Prey
Mountains, gorges, steppes and cliffs of Central and Souhern Italy represent a perfect environment for several species of raptors. While Matera and sorrounding cities have one of the healthiest population of nesting lesser kestrels of Europe, Sicily is one of the stronghold of the Bonelli's eagle. Concerning vultures, several populations of griffon vultures are present in the area, while egyptian vultures are a rarer, yet possible, sighting.
Southern European Iconic Birds
Among the hundreds of species of birds that is possible to observe in Central and Southen Italy it is mandatory to mention some of the most iconic for the southern European birds fauna. Some beautiful examples are the european roller, the european bee-eater and the stone curlew. When it comes to marine bird fauna Scopoli's and Yelkouan's sherawater well deserve a mention.
Migratory and Nesting Passerines
Being, for the migratory routes of several species, the first/last european country encountered during migrations, it is not surprising that Italy is one of the most interesting place where to birdwatching in Europe. All the coastline, and especially the islands, of Central and Southern Italy are a perfect stopover site for dozens of species of passerines. Rare species are often observed during migration. Among the migratory birds that nest in these areas several species of larks and shirkes, the red-rumped swallow and the collared flycatcher are just few examples.
Resident Passerines
Central and Soutern Italy have a remarkable diversity of passerines not only during migration but throughout the whole year. Examples of interesting resident species are the blue rock thrush, the crag martin, several species of warblers. sparrows and buntings and two species of choughs. Concerning Sicily and Sardinia also the spotless starling needs to be mentioned!
Large European Mammals
Central and Southern Apennines are considered among the best spots in Europe where to observe large mammals. The Pollino Massif in the south has been for a long time a stronghold for the persecuted italian wolf while Abruzzo is a real paradise for mammal lovers! Here it thrives the endemic marsican brown bear and ther are very high chances of observing the italian wolf, and the apennine chamois. red deers, roe deers and wild boars are always spotted. Apart from large mammals Italy is home as well to some endemic species with calabrian black squirrel being the most known example.
Endemic Amphibians
Central and Southern Italy host a unique assemblage of amphibians species characterized by a large number of endemics as for example the two species of spectacled salamander, the local subspecies of fire salamander, the italian newt and the apennine yellow-bellied toad. The amphibian fauna of Southern Italy includes as well species of african origin as the painted frog and the african green toad, both found in Sicily. Several species of endemic cave salamanders are present in Sardinia, with one representative also in Central Italy, the italian cave salamander.
Endemic Reptiles
The variety of landscapes present in Central and Southern Italy is strictly related with the diversity of its reptile fauna represented by a very high number (for european standards) of species of lizards, geckos and snakes. Endemic species, as for example the italian esculapian snake, and rare ones, as the meadow viper, together with more common, yet fascinating, species make Central and Southern Italy among the best places where to look for reptiles in the entire continent.

K’ Nature is planning to start a Conservation project in the montainous area of Calabria (Southern Italy) that consists in the creation of a network of ponds with the goal of helping the endangerad local herpetofauna and all the species related to these types of environments. This project is, at the moment, just a draft but we hope we can start to focus on it from spring 2021.

In the meanwhile part of the income from our scientific tours supports our reasearch activity in the field of wildlife conservation and ecology that resulted, so far, in several scientific articles published by our team on international journals.

  • Wonderful break from the city
    Birding in Rome Trip, Italy
    Stephen and Patti Aspinwall17 Oct 2022
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    As amateur birdwatching enthusiasts, we thoroughly enjoyed our day with K'Nature with Andrea as our guide. He was professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Great email communication to establish a easy pick up point in Rome to start our day. Very cautious and wonderful driver. Andrea was very generous as he provided us with Italian breakfast and lunch as promised. Andrea provided excellent binoculars for us as well as a viewing scope. We got an early start so the bird life and activity in the morning was great. We went to Circeo Coastal Wetlands. We would recommend this day trip to anyone interested in wildlife and wanting a break from City tours. Thank you, Andrea for making our last day in Italy great!
  • Highly recommend
    Birding in Italy Trip, Coastal Wetlands North of Naples
    David Doolittle7 Sep 2021
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    This is an outstanding company and Valerio is an excellent guide. She works hard to find the birds and is very pleasant to be with. I have been on many guided tours, 3500 birds, and this company is one of the best. I booked 7 days of private tours in Sicily and Italy and everything was absolutely wonderful, and just as they promised. I highly recommend them. David Doolittle PhD
  • Birding northern Campania with Valerio Russo
    Birding in Italy Trip, Coastal Wetlands North of Naples
    Alex Lin-Moore6 Oct 2021
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    We met up with Valerio Russo of K'Nature for a day of birding on the northern coast of Campania. Despite some rainy weather in the previous days, Valerio took us to several spots where the birding was excellent, and we were able to see virtually all of our targets for the trip, including Audouin's and Mediterranean Gulls, Ferruginous Duck, Greater Flamingo, Pied Avocet, Water Rail, Sardinian Warbler, and many other European/Palearctic species that were new for us. Valerio was an excellent guide, and this really was one of the best guided birding experiences I've had. Of course he is extremely knowledgable and familiar with the local wildlife (and far beyond just birds), but he was also very friendly, personable and knows a ton about the region's culture - and maybe most importantly the food! The lunch he got for us truly was the best mozzarella I have ever had. It was the perfect blend of getting a really well-organized guided tour and feeling like you were just out birding with a friend. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who visits the Naples area that is interested in birding, and would be more than happy to tour with Valerio and K'Nature again!
  • Exceptional experience
    Italian Wolf and Bear Tour in Abruzzo
    Sally Allaway21 Sep 2022
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    I kept telling people the part of our 4 week trip I was looking forward to most was the experience with K’Nature in Abruzzo. I left home with high, very high expectations. And yet K’Nature and Valerio Russo exceeded expectations and delivered an experience of a lifetime. My partner and I had an amazing time. I booked K’Nature because it’s run by scientists, zoologists, people who have a deep evidenced based understanding of nature. In this instance, Valerio, who is still also involved in scientific field work in Europe, was our guide. His knowledge and his willingness to share it was central to our experience, as was his genuine passion for wildlife and conservation. The added bonus - we spent considerable time together over the 4 days and we always enjoyed our time with Valerio. He’s a warm and caring person who you feel comfortable spending time with. Conversation comes easily. Our hope was to see wildlife and enjoy the wilderness of the Abruzzo National Park. However, knowing nature has its own way of determining outcomes, we knew the chances of seeing a wolf were low and that seeing a Marsican Bear, estimated to number somewhere between 60 and 75 in the whole vast park, would be near impossible. To our delight and K’Nature’s credit we saw everything that Abruzzo has to offer – yes we saw a wolf – we even saw a Marsican Bear! Incredible. In addition, we saw: many deer during the rutting season; fox; golden eagle; a rare chamois; buzzard and a range of beautiful birds. The wilderness of the park was another hero. Valerio was knowledgeable about everything we saw and we learned much from his expertise. Don’t go expecting to see all that we saw but do know that you stand the best chance, I think, of seeing everything you want to see when you tap into the expertise of K’Nature. I highly recommend their services. We are already thinking about our next trip with them. Perhaps Lynx in Spain next!
  • Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise
    Italian Wolf and Bear Tour in Abruzzo
    Camillo Campolongo14 Sep 2018
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    K' Nature guys organised a wonderful 3-days tour in the mountains of the National Park during mating season of deers; thanks to a very good wheather, we had the opportunity to spend all the time watching herd of deers and also some individuals very confident, but also other species very amazing: a Golden Eagle, several griffins, wolves, some chamois and many other birds and also amphibians and reptiles; unfortunately, we miss the brown bear. In addition, the group leaders paid attention to help all of us for animals observation and identification, as well as logistics aspects and friendliness of the people. Since I was satisfied of that experience, I decided to participate to other tours with K' Nature
  • Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise
    Italian Wolf and Bear Tour in Abruzzo
    Camillo Campolongo14 Sep 2018
    4.67
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    K' Nature guys organised a wonderful 3-days tour in the mountains of the National Park during mating season of deers; thanks to a very good wheather, we had the opportunity to spend all the time watching herd of deers and also some individuals very confident, but also other species very amazing: a Golden Eagle, several griffins, wolves, some chamois and many other birds and also amphibians and reptiles; unfortunately, we miss the brown bear. In addition, the group leaders paid attention to help all of us for animals observation and identification, as well as logistics aspects and friendliness of the people. Since I was satisfied of that experience, I decided to participate to other tours with K' Nature
  • Abruzzo: the kingdom of the wolf
    Italian Wolf and Bear Tour in Abruzzo
    Giorgio di Gennaro1 Oct 2019
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    The young guides of K nature, very prepared, taught me a lot and gave me a rewarding experience in the mountains of Abruzzo. Spectacular encounter with the wolf attacking a fox.
  • Bird migration
    Birdwatching in Italy, Ventotene Island Tour
    Veronica10 Oct 2020
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    Ventotene is a beautiful island. It’s perfect for bird watching, because they stop here during the migration. The guide is competent and the tour is very interesting.
  • Ventotene: a wonderful naturalistic and historical-cultural tour
    Birdwatching in Italy, Ventotene Island Tour
    Annino Zambardino10 May 2019
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    I spent a spring weekend in Ventotene. Overall the trip was very well organized. I participated in many excursions, thanks to which I had the opportunity to admire and discover all the peculiarities of this magnificent island such as the historical and archaeological wonders, the very rich flora and fauna biodiversity, especially ornithological, and also the typical gastronomic specialties. Furthermore, there was always a great availability and professionalism from the organizers, who knew the territory perfectly.
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