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Pantano Gariffi

Sicilia  >  Italy

Marshy area that is wet in winter and dry in summer. It attracts many birds in winter and during migration.

Added by Egle Gambino

Description

The Gariffi Marsh was the largest natural lake surface in the province of Ragusa on Sicily. It had an area of about 300 hectare. The area has been reclaimed and the waters exist only in the winter season and are due to the rains that fill this natural depression. With the onset of the summer the water evaporates,  giving way to the dry bed covered with sparse vegetation of Mediterranean scrub.

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Italiano: Il pantano Gariffi era la più grande superficie lacustre naturale della provincia di Ragusa. Aveva una superficie di circa 300 Ha e conteneva acqua dolce contrariamente al pantano Longarini che ancora oggi contiene acqua salata. La zona, contrariamente a quanto accadeva fino agli anni cinquanta del XX secolo, è stata bonificata e le acque esistono soltanto nella stagione invernale e sono dovute alle piogge che riempiono questa depressione naturale. Con il sopraggiungere della bella stagione evaporano lasciando il posto al letto secco coperto da rada vegetazione di macchia mediterranea.

Details

Access

Located close to the village of Santa Maria del Focallo.

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Italiano: Situato vicino al paese di Santa Maria del Focallo.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland

Conditions

Open landscape

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Best time to visit

Winter, Spring migration

Route

Paved road, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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