Parks and nature reserves
Of naturalistic interest are the Park of Ticino, where dense woods combine with a varied fauna and the alluvial plain of Basso Pavese, where we meet the characteristic river terraces near Belgioioso and S. Cristina. The Pietra Corva Botanical Garden, at 950 meters above sea level, characterized by a large collection of flora not only from the Alps, but also from other mountain systems such as the Himalayas and the Andes.
There is also the Oasis of Sant'Alessio, near Pavia, that has been a "biologically balanced" wildlife park since 1994 for its ornithological reserve and the breeding of endangered species.
At the Monte Alpe nature reserve, you can find natural species such as the dog rose, liverwort and manna ash. In the area nesting birds of prey such as sparrow hawks, buzzards, tawny owls, while at the edge of the reserve live the greater red woodpecker, red-legged partridge, stonechat and subalpine warbler. It is also possible to see squirrels, boars along with various species of dormice.
The marshland park of Lungavilla can be visited at any time of the year. Wild geese and trout populate it, while tench, carp, catfish and common rudd are native. In the park, there are 70 species of birds and 20 mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
The Garzaia della Roggia Torbida, is the only one situated in the Oltrepo Pavese and it is home to, besides the aldehydes, of the marten and the mouse of the rice field that builds typical ball nests, hanging from the marsh vegetation.
The "Le Folaghe" Nature Park covers an area of about 70 hectares, characterized by abandoned clay quarries, the deepest of which, flooded by groundwater, have turned into lakes, becoming a safe haven for many animal species.