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The fossil dunes in Porto Viro

Sites of Community importance (SIC), the fossil dunes in the localities Donada and Fornaci are an extended dune area which has great significance from a historical and geomorphologic perspective as well as for the vegetation. In fact, one finds a rapid succession of the coastal lines starting from 1000 BC until the X century. These dunes have been subjected to years of reforestation and the present arboreal vegetation is surely almost entirely the result of those interventions (stone-pine, cluster-pine, black and white poplars, lex, holm-oak).

However, many herbaceous species and undergrowth shrubs grew spontaneously there (hawthorn, asparagus, holly, strawberry). A unique case in the Po Delta is the contemporary presence of bay-oak and holm-oak trees in a small area in the northern part.

  • Dune in Fornaci
  • Dune in Donada