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Educational field on Fallow deer during the breeding season

Friday 22 October from 13:30 Sunday 24 October from 17:00

Three days and two nights in the heart of the Ghirardi Regional Nature Reserve, for an immersive experience in close contact with nature by staying in a suggestive structure.

We will explore the protected area step by step, looking for signs of the presence of the fauna that inhabits it; we will position video traps to observe their activity in a discreet but effective way; we will learn how not to disturb the fallow deer, the undisputed protagonists of this study field while we enjoy the show that they stage every year: roars, chases and real battles to ensure access to reproduction.
All this in the suggestive autumnal atmosphere of the Reserve, where the woods are tinged with warm colors, the clouds rest on the bottom of the valleys and the dew makes the meadows sparkle.
We will stay in typical stone houses, made even more comfortable by the heat of stoves and fireplaces, and we will eat excellent organic food at zero km. And if someone does not want to go out into the crisp morning air to take a stand to observe the fallow deer before breakfast, they can still look at them directly from the window! "

Friday 15
Meeting at 14.00 pm. Arrival on foot to the house and placing of luggage.
Didactics on fallow deer biology, ethology, age classes and monitoring techniques by Maria Chiara Valenti, naturalist specialized in management and conservation of the environment and fauna.
Following didactic on the use of photo-video traps.
Short excursion with photo-video traps positioning tests and stalking at sunset for wildlife observations at the fallow deer arenas. Return home and dinner.
Short night out for wildlife observations through the night viewer.

Saturday 16

Appointment at dawn for wildlife observations at the fallow deer fighting arenas (optional).
Breakfast followed by an excursion to the Ghirardi Reserve on the trail of the fallow deer with packed lunch, collection of the previously placed photo-video traps.
Wildlife observations at sunset, dinner followed by control of the videos recorded by the video traps.

Sunday 17th of

Appointment at dawn for wildlife observations at the fallow deer fighting arenas (optional)
Ring excursion in the Reserve. Packed lunch. Return by 16 pm and activity closes.


Difficulty level: E (hiking)
In a mountain environment, on paths they do not require particular technical skills, they cross wooded and open areas.

Trekking length
Average distances for excursions from 6 to 10 Km with 300/400 meters in altitude

Event recommended for children under 12?

Dogs allowed?

What to bring
Trekking clothing suitable for the autumn period in layers to better adapt to different temperatures, bright and too visible colors should be avoided, we recommend bringing an additional cover to wear when we will stay still for a long time for direct observations. Trekking boots better if waterproof, windbreaker and rain jacket, hat, sweater or fleece, minimum 1 liter water bottle, material for taking notes, binoculars, flashlight (preferably frontal), towels, sleeping bag, pillowcase and sheet.

Registration deadline
15 days before the date of the event

The following excursion will be carried out in compliance with the anti COVID-19 directives.
All participants must comply with the provisions that will be communicated by our association, keep a safe distance and avoid gatherings of any kind.

The program is subject to variations, decided by the organizers on the basis of contingencies and weather conditions.

Registration form

Participation and registration
Event reserved for members of I am not afraid of the wolf in good standing with the annual membership fee on the last day of the month preceding the event. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Contribution to activity expenses:
€ 210 which include:
Rental of the structure
Contribution for meals with organic products at km 0
Association contribution



Friday 22 October from 13:30
Sunday 24 October from 17:00
Event Category:


Ghirardi WWF Oasis Regional Nature Reserve
Predelle houses of Porcigatone
Borgo Val di Taro, 43043 Italy