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Nature Patrimony

Last stopping place of the migratory birds before their long crossing, up there, at the very end of the Cap Corse, Capandula is a protected natural site.

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Visit on appointement of the Traditional Gardens of  Cap Corse
Cap Vert Lieu_dit Cepita 20228 LURI Tél. & Fax 04 95 35 05 07

Fauna
Many migratory birds have chosen Corsica and more precisely the natural space of Capandula as a relay place from Africa to the North. On Spring, the ringing of the birds such as the swallows, that were made by the ornithologists in the valley of Barcaggio, allow to reconstitute their route.

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Photo J. SANTANA

The nature reserve of the Finocchiarola islands has broods of shags and gults from Audouin, which is a rare species that is only found in the Mediterranean. The variable buzzard and the kestrel falcon also fly across the sky of the Cap Corse.
Flora

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Photo ICS

The scrub which is a green and fragant vegetation that covers mountains, hills and small valleys, is present in the whole Cap Corse. It can be dense if it is made of arbutus or it can be at the level of the ground, like in Capandula. In front of the sea, "lentisques" and myrtles, "cistes" and heather form a plant wall.
On the rocky soils, brooms and rosemaries dominate. Unique, the "hellébore" of Corsica which is a medicinal plant was used by the "elders".
Euphores and sea lavanders complete the plant kingdom of the Cap Corse.Cap Corse.
Sea Flora
The "posidonies" ensure a good balance in the coastal environment. These sea plants form real submarine herbariums. On the beaches, you can find pieces of dead leaves that are subjected to the to and fro motion of the water, and that stagnate in the soft heaps and then turn into fibrous balls. The herbariums of "posidonies" serve as food and shelter for the sea animals and help for the stability of the sea bed.

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