This is a small mine that produces a very valuable material: kaolin. Until a few years ago it could be seen from the Aurelia in the direction of Sasso di Cerveteri. It was marked by a small light spot on the green background of a ridge. Now it is no longer seen because the visible part of the slope has overgrown in a successful recovery. New Mediterranean bushes such as the buckthorn, mock privet, hawthorn, blackthorn and laurel have been planted. Stumps of wild plants such as strawberry trees, holm oak and ash, have also been retrieved, taken from areas of woodland within the mining concession. The plants are first pruned, to balance the aerial part with the radical one, which is invariably reduced by excavation. Then, paying careful attention, a large trench is dug around the tree, and finally, the clod of earth with the roots is extracted. Hundreds of plants have been saved in this way and have started to grow again when planted. In this way, along with the explanted tree, we also introduced into the restored area, the woodland soil with its load of life: mushrooms, decomposers of litter, small animals such as snails, seeds of herbs and plants and much more. This has accelerated the biotic activation of the topsoil that was laid onto the mineral layer for the recovery operation. The introduced plants have formed a truly tangled scrub-land, very similar to the natural surrounding one, and the wild animals now have free access. Inside the "SIC" a pair of very rare Lanner Falcons (Falco biarmicus) nest, demonstrating that the conservation of nature is compatible with the mining activity.
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