Who lives in our vineyards?

The biodiversity of the estate allows us to combine and preserve tradition and heritage. The centuries-old winegrowing tradition of the estate and the nearby forest and lake as well as the historical natural heritage of flora and fauna.

A group of experts has therefore been studying our estate and its habitat and, with their help, we have carried out a series of actions that we would like to describe and of which we are very proud.

Nest boxes and feeders have been installed for birds, bats and moths (all of which are protected species because they are of great benefit to agriculture). Moreover, we have set up remote observation devices in strategic locations across the estate, in order to find out what goes on when we are not around: some people say they have seen foxes and badgers!!

The nest boxes provide a place for birds to raise their young in; the feeders help them to survive the winter and thus keep them in the area; in general, they help protected species to thrive on our estate.

The most commonly found birds are the Great Spotted Woodpecker (that eats insects it finds by drilling in tree trunks); the Common Hoopoe (migratory species); the Eurasian Blackbird, the European Robin, the Black Redstart, various species of Tit, the Treecreeper, the Eurasian Nuthatch, the Northern Wren, the Sparrow, the Common Chaffinch, the European Goldfinch, the Eurasian Siskin, etc.

The types of feeder vary, depending on the species they are designed to target; for example, the tit feeders are boxes with 3 holes; the butterfly feeders contain something sweet, sugar for example; whilst the squirrel feeders contain nuts.

Broadly speaking, the main results of these actions are:

–          Environmental: they improve the agroforestry habitat (partly forest and partly crops)

–          They increase the number of protected species

–          They provide biological pest control, managing the numbers of insects that affect farming and crops.

So, when you come to enjoy a stroll around the estate, not only can you discover our vines, you can also listen to the birdsong, perhaps spot a squirrel, find butterflies of many different shapes and colours, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a fox.

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