Green and nature experiences


In Elba, we say "going in nature," which translated means: experiencing the island's nature in its entirety

Francesco Mezzatesta, an environmental education expert in Elba, "invented" the discipline of biowatching, which is described as "the observation of biological diversity, that is, nature in all its forms." This new way of understanding nature observation was born in 1990, as an evolution of the more famous birdwatching, and spread in the immediately following years, thanks also to thematic publications and books, before reaching its current fame and practice.

Tools of the trade. Binoculars, notebook, camera, comfortable clothes, a backpack with water and snack... And off to adventure we go! That's all biowatchers, driven by a passion for nature, need. Well, okay, to be honest, in the summer on Elba a bathing suit, a beach towel and a snorkeling mask also come in very handy: it is impossible to get near the turquoise water, which is at every corner here, and not give in to the temptation to take a dip.

The corners of the island ideal for biowatching. You may wonder, then, where on Elba you can indulge in this activity - practically everywhere! From the highest peaks, where you will immerse yourself in Apennine scenery with characteristic flora and fauna, to the beaches, where you will be surprised by the quantity of organisms present, passing through the cliffs, covered with fragrant Mediterranean scrub and, finally, the deep sea, whose lushness will surprise you among reflections of silver liveries and bright colors.

Where to start, then? To get started, you may find it helpful to read some manuals: the Park itself has published numerous Notebooks devoted to butterflies and moths, orchids, reptiles, plants, and cetaceans. Alternatively, you can rely on the experts in the field and join one of their many guided hikes. There are plenty of them scheduled, organized by the park and BAT (Biowatching Arcipelago Toscano), headed by Francesco Mezzatesta himself. Generally, these are free appointments, but it is advisable to book!

On the island of Elba, it is possible to biowatch all year round. Each season has its protagonists and colors. All you have to do is choose the season you prefer and set off on an extraordinary discovery of nature.

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