Laguna del Mort – Destination: Jesolo and Eraclea Mare
The lagoon area has an approximate surface of 125 hectares and, with the surrounding sandy clay banks (coastal dunes, bumps and maritime pine forest), is populated by fauna and flora peculiar to the coastal wetlands. The most convenient starting point to explore and get to know the Mort area is beach in Eraclea Mare, but even if the access hides some tricks. You can go to Eraclea Mare, park in via dei Pioppi and with a rubber dinghy or swim across those few meters that separate Eraclea Mare from the Mort beach.
Sometimes, if you are high, and there is low tide (update on the hours), you can also get there by walking. In fact, the tide touches minimum peaks of half a meter to maximum peaks of two meters. If you do not have a dinghy, just walk from via dei Pioppi following the line of the peninsula, its coast until you reach the sea. There can enter on foot. It is a walk on the sand of about 4 km, which is about 40 abundant minutes.
Time certainly depends on your training. From Pineta Lido di Jesolo, however, you can only access it by boat, or by going by car to Eraclea Mare. An area of the Mort has been declared a nudist beach, a stretch of about 150 meters.
The origin of the Laguna del Mort
Until October 5, 1935, the Mort lagoon was nothing more than the last stretch of the river and its mouth. At the time the Piave ran perpendicular to the coast line up to a few hundred meters from the Adriatic Sea. Arriving near the town of Cortellazzo, the river turned sharply to its left and ran orthogonal to its origin for about 3 km, at which point it threw itself into the Adriatic.
That day, at the height of a particular flood, the Piave broke the right bank just at the point where it curved towards the north-east and immediately jumped into the sea leaving the old riverbed and blocking the connection between this with sand and mud. and the river itself. This last part of the Piave, therefore, became devoid of freshwater inlets and was only filled by the rising tide. Over time, the dead branch of the mouths of the Piave became partially buried, becoming the natural habitat of hundreds of seabirds and lagoons.
Laguna del Mort : Fauna & Flora
Common buzzard It is in fact a stopping point for various species of Anseriformes such as the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), the Teal (Anas crecca), the Marzaiola (Anas querquedula), the Codone, the Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), the Pochard (Aythya ferina) . You can also find strolagas, grebes and many caradriforms. It is the nesting site for the Fratino (Charadrius alexandrinus), the River Nightingale (Cettia cetti), the Beccamoschino (Cisticola juncidis).
Occasionally there are also Ardeidae such as the Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea), the Red Heron (Ardea purpurea), the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and Falconiformes such as the Buzzard (Buteo buteo) and the Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus).
In the same area, there is the indigenous hare (Lepus europaeus), introduced for hunting use in the adjacent reserve of Valle Ossi, the weasel (Mustela nivalis) and other small mammals such as rodents and insectivores. There are also amphibians and reptiles such as the emerald toad (Bufotes viridis), the Ramarro (Lacerta viridis), the smooth snake (Coronella austriaca), the water snake (Natrix Natrix), the beak (Coluber viridiflavus). The viper (Vipera aspis) has rarely been sighted. The entire wetland is a stop for many migrating bird species.
The submerged flora is mainly represented by Zostera marina and by various species of algae. In the vegetation of the coastal dunes, in addition to a plant of Pinus and Juniperus, Cakile maritima and Ammophila Arenaria are found, above all in the part most exposed to the sea.