On the northeast banks of Lake Bilancino, near the town of Galliano in Barberino di Mugello, you can find the WWF Gabbianello Oasis. The Oasis is a natural habitat created for the preservation of humid habitats, which are the ones most at risk of extinction all over Italy and Europe.
The oasis was given an ANPIL (Local Territory Reserve) classification in the “Sistema Regionale delle Aree Protette della Toscana” – Tuscan Regional Reserves – and is a part of the National Oasis System, WWF, Italy.
It is set in a magnificent natural environment, among forests of evergreen and deciduous trees, meadows and organically cultivated lands, which cover an area of 25 hectares. Eight of these hectares are covered in water, on level ground near the Lake, surrounded by the Tuscan-Romagna Apennine mountains and by Mount Calvana.
During migration, numerous interesting species of birds – the white stork, crane, wild goose, blackwinged stilt, bittern, flamingo, and the rare osprey - make this area their home.
It is possible for devoted birdwatchers to observe the birds from the five different observatories using the instruments provided by the Oasis. The facilities have been adapted to give access to wheelchair users.
The Oasis holds a Meeting Hall with all the necessary teaching tools. It is an ideal encounter point for adult courses, and student laboratories. A nature bookshop is also present on the premises (butterflies garden, educational pond, Medici fruits collection). Bike rental.
Activities: guided visits, nature walks and by mountain bike around the oasis; school trips, laboratories, adult courses; volunteer activities. WWF members enter free.