Relaxing in the Pine grove...
The two sea stacks "Le Due Sorelle"
Naturalistic Sites of Melendugno territory
One of the most important naturalistic sites at national level, as well as the biggest phytopurification system of Italy, top of the Europe for size and flow rate of wastewater and winner of the national award “Pianeta Acqua 2011”.
The phytopurification systems are an alternative choice to the traditional cleaning systems, with the advantages in terms of profit (saving electricity, reduced running costs) and environmental (removal of sanitisation treatments and by-products related, better landscape integration), while the traditional systmes are a valiant solution only for small and medium utilities because they require large areas.
With this naturalistic site, Legambiente Puglia wants, both demonstrating the peculiarities of the phytopurification system of Melendugno village and describing the basic concepts related to natural and waste water purification (best management practices), and also examine in depth the aspects linked to moist environments to promote responsible and conscious use of the territory. The phyto-purification of Melendugno and managed by the Apulian aqueduct AQP, covers an area of eight hectares, of which five impoundment basins occupied, and is located in an area of special environmental value, characterised by natural areas and a strategic location in the dynamics of migratory birds.
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Torre dell’Orso pine grove
Interesting place among our natural sites is the so-called SIC of Torre dell’Orso, subject of valorisation and management projects by the Association of social promotion Ve.Ro.Blu. Alba Mediterranea; quenched and tempered in the 40, and recently planting separates the first inhabited part from the beautiful Bay and its sea.
In 60 acres of SIC identifies an important artificial coastal pine forest of Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis) and Mediterranean undergrowth, a cordon of dunes site demanding species and halophilic vegetation dominated by junipers; part of the coast is also Rocky, with an interesting pioneer vegetation of Cliff of endemic Plantaggine Groves (Plantago grovesii) and scrub formations.
On the rocky coast open finally some coastal caves which, together with the frontier rocks known as “two sisters”, are home to particular birds. Place of extreme relaxation, creates the right shade for shelter from the Sun.
The site is rounded out by the small river B1 “Brunese”, partly cemented, that flows into the sea through the pine forest and that, apart from limited internal areas with low scrub or garrigue, is home to flora and fauna of the wetlands. The site has remarkable valued landscapes; interesting element in the biotope, is the simultaneous presence of different habitats that allow life, moving and/or reproduction, diverse plant and animal entity.