Della Bòra WWF Oasis

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Bóra Oasis is located in the municipalities of Villafranca di Verona and Povegliano Veronese, at the confluence of Tione dei Monti and Tartaro rivers. This flat land of 40 acres is of alluvial origin and it used to be cultivated with cereals.
Such cultivation, which stopped in 1991, deprived the entire area of any type of spontaneous vegetation. Several works were thus done by the WWF and the government, in order to rebuild the original natural environment.

The oasis is home to a portion of the landscape that has been saved from anthropization. Plant and animal species increasingly threatened of extinction have found their safe haven right here. The WWF has worked hard to restore the native species of plants for both conservation and educational purposes. Over 500 specimens have thus been planted, including trees, shrubs and creepers belonging to 41 different species.
Among the trees, there are Quercus robur (English oak), Ulmus campestris (elm), Carpinus spp. (hornbeam), Acer spp. (maple), Fraxinus spp. (ash), Alnus glutinosa (alder), and Tilia cordata (linden).
Shrubs include Coryluss avellana (hazel), Viburnum spp. (viburnum), Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn), Prunus spinosa (blackthorn) and many others.
To promote biodiversity, several clearings colonized by herbs and wild flowers were left to feed the butterflies, the bees and other insects; in addition, a small pond has been created, rich in aquatic vegetation, to favour the reproduction of insects and amphibians.

Many wild animals live in the Oasis. There are kingfishers, moorhens, the long-tailed tits and blue tits, as well as great spotted woodpeckers and orioles. The presence of diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey such as owls, kestrels, and sparrow hawks is increasingly frequent. There are also traces of small mammals like shrews, moles and voles.
Amphibian species include green toads, Lataste frogs and tree frogs. Reptiles are represented by lizards, green lizards, snakes and green whip snakes.
The springs are populated by chubs, small pikes, three-spined sticklebacks and European bullheads.

To enhance the area from an educational point of view, the WWF has created information panels about the local fauna and installations like the hedgehog house, the insect hotel, and the orchid garden.

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