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How to assess the conservation status of semi-natural habitats?

The conservation status assessment is one of the most controversial processes that derive from the Habitats Directive and this strongly hampers monitoring and conservation actions.

For a habitat, favourable conservation status should mean that:

natural range and areas within that range are stable or increasing;
the specific structure and functions which are necessary for its long-term maintenance exist and are likely […]

Plant diversity changes as we walk up European mountains

At this link a nice post from a dear colleague on a study he led that was recently published on the journal Ecography.

He provides original hints on patterns of plant diversity along altitudinal gradients and gives an idea of how complex it can be to soundly address ecological questions the answers to which often looks intuitively simple. Ecologists […]

Dynamic is the world!

Whoever had the chance to study some ecology, or to catch a glimpse of how natural systems work knows as a commonplace that everything natural is constantly changing, every single cell as well as the most complex ecosystems is dynamic.

Despite this is undoubtfully a commonplace it is not always easy to keep this concept in […]

The wettest and wildest Spain

Far away from the collective imagination of Spain, made of Flamenco and Paella, lies the Atlantic region of Asturias more similar to southern Ireland or England than to Andalusia…in botanical terms at least.

Besides the imagine of barren dusty landscapes, the word ‘Spain’ often recalls, a long history of human activities and land exploitation, as it […]

Down through the Samariá Gorge

In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea there is an island where rocks have been shaped by wind and water in numerous sculptures that are unique just as much as the plants that grow on them. One of the many ways to witness what the four elements have been able to create, and the great […]

Analogies through the water surface

More than one year from now I remember myself fascinated by an inter-kingdom analogy in one of the smallest inhabited islands in the world, Gili Meno, not far from the island of Lombok (Indonesia).

During the days I was in Gili Meno, I spent part of my afternoons taking advantage of the low tide […]

Boreal and mediterranean plants shaking hands!

Silver birch (Betula pendula) is a tree tipical of the boreal region. It is spread widely in Northern Europe from Norway to Siberia and Kazakistan towards east, and to Basque region towards west. The southern most populations occur along Italian peninsula.

In Italy this species is rather common in the Alps becoming rarer and […]

La Sierra de Las Nieves

In the hearth of the hottest Andalucia in the middle of August you can still see snow!

La Sierra de las Nieves with peaks up to 3480 (Mt. Mulhacén) is astonishing if you look over the city buildings of Granada trying to survive the 43°C  heat.

The way from Granada to the Sierra may bring you through […]

Men, sheeps and beauty

Between the small towns of Arcinazzo and Affile, close to the town of Anagni (famous for the “outrage” (1303) involving the Pope Boniface VIII and the French king Philip the Fair) the sheeps grazing on the southern slope of Affilani Mts. maintained grasslands of astonishing beauty due to their incredibly diverse blooms and invertebrates.

What […]

Old-growth forests in Italy

Out now is a brief publication about the work my colleagues of the Sapienza University of Rome and of several other universities in Italy and I carried out about  old-growth forests in Italy.

You can find both the English and the Italian versions among my downloadable publications.

Read, comment and enjoy!