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Woody hills of Giralda Valley, Gaffaro and Falce

 

The environment
System of thickets that is the remaining part of wide wooded areas emerging from the valleys before the land reclamation works. Today they are wooded areas that stretch towards South-North, as proof of ancient coastal dune areas. The biotopes, that are managed by A.R.F., have an interesting thermophilic vegetation with holm oaks and pines, which is the result of the forestation interventions carried out in the past (Mantovani and Pelleri 1991).

 

The flora

Typical vegetation of thermophilic brushwood characterized by the presence of holm oaks (Quercus ilex), of very high naturalistic value; for a detailed description see the part on the Mesola wood.

Remaining and impoverished part of a community of Mediterranean species, residual part of much wider woods, with favorable eco-climatic conditions different from the current ones. Stands of adult conifers and recent reforestation interventions with conifers (Corticelli 1999, Pellizzari and Pagnoni 1998).
 

Type

woodland

Cartography

CTR 1:25.000 - 187SE; 205 NE

Extension

17.45.95 ha

Municipality

Argenta

Owned by

Emilia Romagna Region

With the communication of 27/12/89 prot. 20313 the Municipality of Codigoro requests a transfer of ownership to the municipality itself.

Management

A.R.F.

 

 

Restrictions
Giralda and Falce are protected by wildlife sanctuaries, that are respectively called "Giralda Valley thickets" and "Mesola Wood".

The site lies within the boundaries of the Delta Park, according to the regional law 27/1988 and to the Plans of the Volano – Mesola - Goro station of 1991 and 1997 (area C.AGR.B2 and pre-park AGR.A). The station territorial plan of 1991 classified the site as partly area B and partly area C (wide area that was later included in the pre-park area by the later station plan). In 1991 the strip of agricultural land that is adjacent to the Boscone area was entirely area B.

The area is included among the environmental types referred to in Art. 146 of the decree-law 490/1999, currently in force, as a territory that is covered by forests, but first of all because it lies within the boundaries of a regional park (subparagraph f).

 

 

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