Mine in Cacciano (BI)

The facility: a one year restoration in the foreground (2009). (Photo: )

This is the area where the first trials began in 1989. Then, as they were abandoned, other areas were recovered and other still will be addressed in the near future; there is therefore a mosaic of areas with different ages of recovery which makes the work to be carried out very "productive" from a naturalistic point of view. This, above all, with regard to the colonization by wildlife, which is offered various environmental options, from the shrubs turning into woods, with over 20 years of age, to the new fields with freshly planted grass. The whole area has been especially designed to house birds in particular, creating environments suited to them at all times of the year. Cacciano is on a major migration route and this facilitates the presence of migrating birds, from the smallest robins to the largest storks; in 10 years 120 different species of birds have been counted. Cacciano houses a very valuable lark, the woodlark, which only nests in the province of Biella. To attract it, a wide field that includes pastures, hedges and trees has been prepared and now three couples nest in the area. The woodlark, which used to thrive, became extinct as a nester in the eighties.
The lower part of the mine is open to the public, equipped with benches and a recreation area. Every year the Celtic festival of Beltane takes place here, attracting many people.


Technical data sheet

Technical data sheet of the mine in Cacciano (Novara)



The laying of fertile topsoil to favor better rooting (2007).    The preparation of a flat area in Cacciano: in the foreground, channels to drain excess water.

An operator using the hydroseeding machine nozzle.    The laying of geonet on the slopes of the restoration sites (2007).

Two month old grass.    Grass growing on a steep slope (2010).

In the recreated environments dragonflies, whose populations are general impoverished, are frequent.    Marshes created specifically for dragonflies (2010).

An area with freshly grown grass (2010).    Small willows, bred from cuttings planted in the water, are growing.

A Celtic hut, rebuilt for the annual festival of Beltane, which is held in the Arcobaleno Park.    A restored section after thirty years (2003).

Fruit trees, such as khaki (Dyospurus kaki), have been planted to provide food to birds.    Nesting boxes for birds often also house dormice (Moscardinus avellanarius).

Giant cane flowers (Aruncus dioicus) grow in the border areas between the mine and the woodland.



Visualizza GMM Cacciano in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori