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Ruara Valley, Cau and Bosco di Cartore

Botanical guide of the 'Montagne della Duchessa' Natural Reserve (1/5)
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.79 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  This guide has been developed thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research, by a collaboration... more »

Tips:  Wear hiking boots and appropriate clothing for mountain hiking. Put in your backpack binoculars, camera and do not forget to bring... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start

Park your car in lay-bys near the picnic area, leaving free passage for the transit of other cars and emergency vehicles. Please listen this short audio presentation and watch the video-trailer of the guide before to begin the walk.

Parcheggiare l'auto sulle piazzole nei pressi dell'area pic-nic, lasciando libero il passaggio per il transito di... More

2. Direction point no. 1

Take the right.

Prosegui a destra.

3. Bosco di Cartore

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION
"Bosco di Cartore" is an oak wood used by man for timber production. Until a few decades ago the most part of cut wood was used as firewood, at present, however, it is also used as building material. The trees that dominate the forest are mainly oaks (Quercus cerris and Quercus pubescens), often accompanied by other... More

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4. Direction point no. 2

Take the right.

Prosegui a destra.

5. Activity point no. 1

Here you can perform an identification test of the trees and other wood species (shrubs and lianas) that are around you. To help you with the identification you can both use the pictures of the guide and the following internet multimedial resources:
1) http://www.actaplantarum.org
2) http://dbiodbs.units.it/carso/cercapiante01
3) http:/... More

6. Direction point no. 3

Take the right.

Prosegui a destra.

7. Direction point no. 4

Continue taking the left along the main road.

Prosegui andando a sinistra lungo lo sterrato principale.

8. Direction point no. 5

You have to leave the main road taking the left and go along a very little path that continues through the forest.

Lasciare lo sterrato principale girando a sinistra e prendere un piccolo sentiero che si inoltra nel bosco.

9. Activity point no. 2

Here you can perform again an identification test of the trees and other wood species (shrubs and lianas) that are around you. This time to help you with the identification you can use the following complete list of the species that are around you (10-15 meters). Chose a name from the list, look for the corresponding picture in the guide to have a... More

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10. Cau di Cartore

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION
"Cau di Cartore" is a karst sinkhole located in the southwestern slope of the Ruara Valley. Its extension is about 180 meters in diameter and it drops to about 50 feet deep, forming a basin with a characteristic "funnel" shape. Its particular shape causes a variety of microclimates cooler than the... More

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11. Xerophilous grasslands and garrigues

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION
In this part of the Val Ruara can observe steep areas where surfaces a conglomeratic substrate which is not able to hold in the soil overlying a sufficient water content that allows the development of a flourishing vegetation. This high degree of drought thus creates a strong selection of species to survive on these surfaces ... More

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12. Direction point no. 6

Take the right

Prosegui a destra

13. Ruara Valley

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION
The Ruara valley is an ancient river valley that stretches in northwest-southeast direction, separating the high slopes of "Duchessa" mountains from the hills of St. Anatolia. Although both sides are made of limestone, the general appearance is very different. The south-western slopes of the valley are characterized... More

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14. Direction point no. 7

Take the right

Prosegui a destra

15. Watering place

This is an old watering place for animals. The water is not drinkable. The trail continues on the right. From here you can take a little deviation and visit the old village of Cartore, following the pavement that goes up towards the houses.

Questo è un vecchio abbeveratoio per animali. L'acqua non è potabile. Il percorso continua... More

16. Oak forest

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION
On your left you can see an example of a deciduous oak wood typically exploited by man for the production of firewood. The overall look of this forested plot is very affected by forest use; in fact this is a coppice where you can see many stumps, that is clumps of small logs (called suckers) which radiate from a single root... More

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17. Activity point no. 3

Here you can perform a botanical field exercise that consist in a sort of treasure hunt. Users may form 2 or more team (depending by your number of persons). Each team have to work separately. The final aim is to find 10 different botanical targets observing and recognizing the features of the plants that are present on the field. In order to... More

18. Direction point no. 8

Take the left

Prosegui a sinistra