Fauna in the pinewoods


The pinewood is the realm of the european squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris). Other mammals are: weasel (Mustela nivalis), common shrew (Sorex araneus), Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus), brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus), common noctule (Nyctalus noctula), serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) and European mole. The birds that have been reported so far are: goldcrest (Regulus regulus), short-toed treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), robin (Erithacus rubecula), house sparrow (Passer domesticus), blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), great tit (Parus major), European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), the greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), blackbird (Turdus merula), thrush (Turdus philomelos), common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), carrion crow (Corvus corone), magpie (Pica pica), jay (Garrulus glandarius), the hooded crow (Corvus corone cornix), the common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus), the turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) and the hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Though the tree cover is currently insufficient for being the habitat of rare birds of prey such as the sparrowhawk, it hosts nocturnal raptors such as little owl (Athene noctua), scops owl (Otus scops), barn owl (Tyto alba) and tawny owl (Strix aluco). Among the reptiles, there are the Italian lizard (Podarcis siculus), Aesculapius snake (Zamenis longissimus), green whip snake (Hierophis viridiflavus) and grass snake (Natrix natrix).

This forest habitat is home to many insects: ants, ladybugs, beetles, etc..

So the coastal pinewoods of Pineto and Silvi are an environment of absolute value for the Lands of Cerrano and the whole Abruzzo coast. In our opinion, they should be extended wherever possible.

About pinewood flora see also the previous post.

Mario Cipollone


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