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Riserva Naturale della Garzaia di Villarboit

  • Regione Piemonte
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Surface Area: 10,45 ha
Provinces: VC
Establishment: 1978
  • Black-crowned night heron (photo by PR Lame Sesia)

A Paradise for Birds...

Besides including a small section of cultivated fields (poplar groves and rice fields), the Nature Reserve is dominated by an aged coppice woodland mainly consisting of black locust trees, field elms, and black alders. The arboreal species also include the hornbeam, the wild cherry, the aspen, and the Turkey oak. The undergrowth is particularly rich in hazelnut and common elder. As far as wildlife is concerned, the Nature Reserve represents an ideal environment for the nesting of herons, like the little egret, the night heron, and the squacco heron, for which torrent Marchiazza and the surrounding rice fields represent an ideal reserve of food. Bird species that are not typical aquatic species also live in the heronry, like the Long-eared Owl and the Sparrow Hawk.

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