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Montauto Nature Reserve

A small natural paradise in the commune of Manciano

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The Reserve of Monauto extends over an area of 199 hectares, partly property of the National Electricity Board, in the commune of Manciano. Set up in 1996, it borders on the province of Lazio and is characterised by a water basin and a quarry, currently not in use. The vegetation in and around the ditches is mostly hydrophytic and helophytic, that is, growing in water and having perennating buds that remain under water during winter. And reeds are present in some areas. Near the water shrubs prevail while sedge, greater burdock, goat’s rue and creeping buttercup can also all be found. The wooded area is limited, made up mostly of Turkey and white oak. With regard to the avifauna, hen harrier, sparrow hawk, kestrel, osprey, barn owl, horned owl, little owl and kingfisher are all present in the area, as well as the inevitable species which particularly favour aquatic environments, such as the grey heron, night heron and crested heron. Mammals include the weasel, polecat, stone marten, wild boar, roe deer, fox and porcupine. Otters may still be found in the clear waters of the Flora, as the crayfish. Visits are possible only with guides. For information, contact the WWF at the Oasis of Vulci. Tel: 0766/897015.
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