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The landscape along the Navigli is all about water and … our Parks or natural reserves. The System of 5 canals, the Ticino and Adda rivers, the irrigation ditches, and the spring zone (the water spring band at the level of Milan) all dominate this area of the western Po Valley and the Ticino river valley, creating a complex water system and landscape which is the habitat of a wide range of flora and fauna. The natural heritage of this area is preserved in the park system, natural reserves which form a veritable treasure chest of biodiversity. The Navigli canals pass through a number along their course, including Parco Lombardo della Valle del Ticino, Parco Agricolo Sud Milano, Parco Adda Nord, and Parco delle Risaie. A quick glance suffices to show how the area is made up of a mosaic of different landscapes where natural systems coexist with the farmland of the Lombardy countryside and the population centres along the banks. The farmland is full of English oak, poplar, hazel, field sycamore, white willow, ailanthus, mulberry, sloe and plane tree. The air is filled with swallows, turtle doves, magpies, larks, hawks and goldfinches wheeling among the farm buildings and soaring over the fields. At ground level there are quails, hedgehogs and moles scurrying through the grass. In April the rice paddies are thronged with waders (sandpipers and dunlins) as well as herons and egrets. And along the banks of the Ticino, where there are still fragments of the ancient plains forests, there is some of the richest fauna in the area. The black locust is occasionally interspersed with native trees (English oak, elm, alder, hackberry and white willow) and chaffinches, woodpeckers and nightingales sing in the branches. At nighttime, foxes, barn owls and tawny owls flit among the shadows. Along the Navigli, there are long rows or solitary specimens of elder, hazel and common dogwood and you will find nutria on the banks or splashing in the water of the canals.

The landscape along the Navigli is all about water and … our Parks or natural reserves. The System of 5 canals, the Ticino and Adda rivers, the irrigation ditches, and the spring zone (the water spring band at the level of Milan) all dominate this area of the western Po Valley and the Ticino river valley, creating a complex water system and landscape which is the habitat of a wide range of flora and fauna. The natural heritage of this area is preserved in the park system, natural reserves which form a veritable treasure chest of biodiversity. The Navigli canals pass through a number along their course, including Parco Lombardo della Valle del Ticino, Parco Agricolo Sud Milano, Parco Adda Nord, and Parco delle Risaie. A quick glance suffices to show how the area is made up of a mosaic of different landscapes where natural systems coexist with the farmland of the Lombardy countryside and the population centres along the banks. The farmland is full of English oak, poplar, hazel, field sycamore, white willow, ailanthus, mulberry, sloe and plane tree. The air is filled with swallows, turtle doves, magpies, larks, hawks and goldfinches wheeling among the farm buildings and soaring over the fields. At ground level there are quails, hedgehogs and moles scurrying through the grass. In April the rice paddies are thronged with waders (sandpipers and dunlins) as well as herons and egrets. And along the banks of the Ticino, where there are still fragments of the ancient plains forests, there is some of the richest fauna in the area. The black locust is occasionally interspersed with native trees (English oak, elm, alder, hackberry and white willow) and chaffinches, woodpeckers and nightingales sing in the branches. At nighttime, foxes, barn owls and tawny owls flit among the shadows. Along the Navigli, there are long rows or solitary specimens of elder, hazel and common dogwood and you will find nutria on the banks or splashing in the water of the canals.