Vendicari Fauna Reserve
The Natural Environment Of The Reserve
Both the terrestrial environments surrounding the marshes and the aquatic ones are characterized by an extraordinary variety of habitats and exceptional biodiversity: this is due, as concerns the former, to the presence of very different substrata and particular hydro-
Also important is the marsh environment , where there are numerous species of aquatic fauna (fishes, shellfishes, reptiles, amphibians and insects) and submerged vegetation (algae and different phanerogams, proper to these environments).
The marine environment in front of these marshes -
Founded in March 1984 to allow birds to call in and nest and to permit conservation of the psammo-
Parallel to the whole coastal stretch of the reserve there is a series of easy paths (accessible from the Eloro, Calamosche, Principale and Citadella entrances) which you can go along almost without a break, or singly or in segments.
From the main entrance, where is the Information Point and a first hut for observing birds, once you can reach the beach (7min) you can proceed either in the north or in the south direction. In the former case, moving between the coastline and the Big and Small Marshes, in succession you will meet the Swabian Tower, the Tina Station and the Visitor Centre (7min), an observation point (14min) and the Calamosche beach (37min), from which with a detour (18min) you can reach the entrance of the same name; heading southwards, immersed in the splendid vegetation with juniper maquis, between the shore and the banks of the Roveto and Sichili Marshes, you will meet in succession the mouth of the Sichili Marsh (beyond which you come to a further observation point on the Sichili Marsh with a slight detour), the beach and the entrance (30min).
From the north entrance, the Eloro one (near the archaeological area of the same name), proceeding southwards you reach the Stampace beach and the mouth of the river Tellaro (5min) as well as the Calamosche beach (20min), after which you can either head for the Calamosche entrance or go along the coast, to the south, thus getting onto the stretches of paths previously described.
HOW TO REACH
By car: you can get to the Reserve entrances from Syracuse, along the SP19 Noto-
Vendicari Wetland System
The Vendicari Marshes constitute the northernmost system of the vast complex of wetlands in the coastal stretches that stretch for some kilometres between Pozzallo, Pachino and Avola. Once exploited as saltpans, the pools are lined up along the coast in the north-
Signs Of Man
Ancient uninterrupted frequentation of the area, starting from the Bronze Age, is testified to by the presence of zones of historical-
Source:Dipartimento dei Beni culturali e dell'Identità siciliana
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Caretta Caretta Tourtle lays its eggs in Vendicari Beach during summer nights between May and August,
after around 60 days small tourtles brake th eggs and reach the sea. Central part of Vendicari beach is closed in order to protect Caretta caretta,let's Respect the enviroment.
Once adult new born tourtles will come back to lay their eggs again in the same beach
Special Thank you for the text to the "Azienda Regionale Foreste Demaniali"