in Sicily there are small “corners of paradise” where you can admire nature in all its magnificence: because nature, you know, is really big and you can feel it more clearly when you protect it from the dangers that threaten it daily. These “corners of paradise” are the Protected Natural Reserves!
Before listing the Protected Natural Reserve, let’s analyze the meaning of this term to better understand their role. If we look for the meaning of a “protected natural reserve” we will find: “natural areas that have the function of maintaining the environmental balance of a specific place, increasing or maintaining its biodiversity”.
In protected natural reserves hunting is prohibited, as its main purpose is to protect the natural state of animal and plant species and therefore consist of lands, rivers, lakes or marine areas. Is this therefore a way of protecting the environment, a very topical issue and of vital importance for our future.
This natural reserve includes three different systems: the Anapo Valley, the Pantalica Valley and the Cava Grande Creek. Inside there are also unique species of plants and several species of rare animals, such as the Peregrine Falcon. The necropolis of Pantalica is evocative, with about 5000 tombs excavated in the rock, while the eastern plane-tree grows along the Anapo river and the oleander grows on the rocks. There are also trees such as willow and black poplar, or flowers such as cyclamen and field daisies. In the water of the river live the Sicilian trout, easy to meet foxes and weasels.
It is located between Noto and Pachino and was established in 1984 by the Sicilian Region. This natural reserve is characterized by a cristal clear sea that will allow you to snorkel and along the way you will find observation huts to admire birds such as flamingos, herons and storks. Among the most significant monuments os the natural reserva of Vendicari are the Tonnara, of Arab origin, and the Swabian Tower. Along a 7 km long coast, Vendicari offers beautiful beaches: Eloro, Calamosche, Marianelli and San Lorenzo.
The Natural Reserve dello Zingaro is one of the most famous in Italy and was the first to be established in Sicily in 1981. It is located between San Vito Lo Capo and Castellammare del Golfo and it is characterized by its sea that has nothing to envy to the Carribean sea! No less important is the vegetation inside: there are in fact almond trees, carob trees, dwarf palms and orchids. It also hosts several species of birds such as the Bonelli’s Eagle and the Buzzard (we can find this last one also on Etna!)
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