Mine in Lozzolo (VC)

 
The plaque that marks one of the cornerstones of the Lozzolo mine. (© M.Mormile)

 
The mine extends from the town of the same name to the red earth of Sostegno, arid hills characterized by a Mediterranean climate that has fostered the cultivation of grapevines. In Lozzolo, a full-bodied and highly regarded red wine is produced, the Bramaterra. In the past, the vineyards were inhabited by many hares. During the day, they rested in the bare hills, while in the evening it would go down to the vineyards to graze the grass among the rows. In the 50's-70s, the intensive use of pesticides in vineyards caused the collapse of the hare population, which never recovered despite the much lower use today. To repopulate the hills of the town, the Lozzolo hunters associations has asked to create, inside a restored area of 9 hectares, a fence to breed hares and then release them in nature. The directors of the mine have made the land available and the Province of Vercelli has provided the necessary funds: the project has therefore begun. The hares, kept in fixed couples, reproduce in comfortable cages, specially structured for reproduction in close captivity, then the offspring are released, firstly within the fence, to be pre-adapted to life in the wild, and then definitely outside. Each year about twenty hares are born, which will repopulate the high areas of Vercelli. This is an example of how mankind, endowed with good will, can repair the damage done in the past. Minerali Industriali is pleased that its restoration may serve to strengthen this increasingly endangered species.

 

Technical data sheet

 
Technical data sheet of the mine in Lozzolo (Vercelli)
 

Pictures

 

The walls of the excavations are ideal for the bee-eater's (Merops apiaster) nesting.    The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is one of the most striking birds.

The meeting points of different minerals give a touch of color to the mine.    The re-created pond favors biodiversity. Given the general disappearance of humid environments, recreating new ones means saving several species from local extinction (2011).

A shrub of buddleja growing from the rock: it is an unusual fact that deserves a photo.    Small flowers sprout from the sand: further proof of the colonizing force of the flora.

Erosion creates small and picturesque ravines.    Insolation favors flowering and pollinating insects.

A baby hare, born in a cage.    An apple bearing the marks of the incisors of a hare.

The restored sections of the mine are used as a pre-adaptation fence for the hares.    A manger to sustain the animals in winter.

Hare tracks in the snow.

Outlook

 

Visualizza GMM Lozzolo in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori