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Riserva Naturale Orientata Sughereta di Niscemi

 
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Cork oak (photo by RR Sughereta di Niscemi)

The Cork Oak Wood of Niscemi: Once Upon a Time, there was a Woodland...

In the cork oak wood of Niscemi, together with ilex trees and downy oaks, there are the typically evergreen shrubs of the Mediterranean maquis-forest. The wonderful wood of the past is only a memory now; however, there are still interesting environments where lentisk, carob tree, wild olive, myrtle, strawberry tree, Phyllirea, and fan palm grow. The rich and well-lit undergrowth is populated by a diversified wildlife, with wild cat and fox, dormouse and fat dormouse. In the wood, the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the Hoopoe also nest.

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Surface Area: 2'939.37 ha
Provinces: CL
Establishment: 1997
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