Biodiversity and vineyard

Biodiversity

“I want to combine agriculture and ecology, because I believe them to be inseparable: those who cultivate and breed work with nature cannot exploit and kill it.”

Carlo Petrini

International SlowFood President

The agro-ecosystem is by definition an unstable environment as it is heavily disturbed by man. We want to improve the quality and quantity of biodiversity on cultivated surfaces, in order to create an environment with greater biological balance and therefore more beautiful and less in need of interventions by the farmer.

To increase and maintain biodiversity on company surfaces we have carried out a series of interventions which have been collected in a project called Farm Nature Plan.

In this video Marco Meneguz, naturalist biologist, takes us on a “naturalistic” walk through the woods, meadows and vineyards, explaining some of the activities carried out as part of the Farm nature Plan.

The agro-ecosystem is by definition an unstable environment as it is heavily disturbed by man. We want to improve the quality and quantity of biodiversity on cultivated surfaces, in order to create an environment with greater biological balance and therefore more beautiful and less in need of interventions by the farmer.

To increase and maintain biodiversity on company surfaces we have carried out a series of interventions which have been collected in a project called Farm Nature Plan.

In this video Marco Meneguz, naturalist biologist, takes us on a “naturalistic” walk through the woods, meadows and vineyards, explaining some of the activities carried out as part of the Farm nature Plan.

CONSERVATION AND OBSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY
IN THE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM OF CASCINA BELMONTE

WE HOST BUTTERFLIES

We worked on the quality of the habitat, the floristic composition of the stable meadows,
the timing of mowing, presence of nectariferous plants. The many butterflies present are now an indicator of the quality of the environment.

In Simona Tonoli’s shots we see Argynnis paphia, Melanargia galathea, Melitaea didyma.

WE PLANT STABLE FLOWERS AND MEADOWS

We have maintained non-productive lawn areas, refreshment and reproduction areas for the entomofauna, where mowing is carried out after flowering, to allow the production of nectar and pollen and the life cycle of butterflies and insects.

Over 60 species of birds and 28 species of mammals can find food and shelter in the hedges.

BEES AND VINEYARDS

In 20% of the cultivated area, we breed PIWI varieties, whose natural resistance to the main ampelopathies of the vine allows us to reduce the use of copper and sulfur by an average of 80%, for an overall, significant reduction in environmental impact. We raise bees near our vineyards, visible evidence of a clean and healthy environment.

RESPECT AND LOVE FOR NATURE

We have created a part of the vegetable garden in boxes, a small aromatic herb garden and an orchard (still young) of “ancient” varieties selected by the Omezzoli nursery in Riva.

These spaces have the ultimate aim of giving the children of the local nursery school the opportunity to grow in contact with nature.

CONSERVATION AND OBSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY
IN THE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM OF CASCINA BELMONTE

WE HOST BUTTERFLIES

We worked on the quality of the habitat, the floristic composition of the stable meadows,
the timing of mowing, presence of nectariferous plants. The many butterflies present are now an indicator of the quality of the environment.

In Simona Tonoli’s shots we see Argynnis paphia, Melanargia galathea, Melitaea didyma.

WE PLANT STABLE FLOWERS AND MEADOWS

We have maintained non-productive lawn areas, refreshment and reproduction areas for the entomofauna, where mowing is carried out after flowering, to allow the production of nectar and pollen and the life cycle of butterflies and insects.

Over 60 species of birds and 28 species of mammals can find food and shelter in the hedges.

BEES AND VINEYARDS

In 20% of the cultivated area, we breed PIWI varieties, whose natural resistance to the main ampelopathies of the vine allows us to reduce the use of copper and sulfur by an average of 80%, for an overall, significant reduction in environmental impact. We raise bees near our vineyards, visible evidence of a clean and healthy environment.

RESPECT AND LOVE FOR NATURE

We have created a part of the vegetable garden in boxes, a small aromatic herb garden and an orchard (still young) of “ancient” varieties selected by the Omezzoli nursery in Riva.

These spaces have the ultimate aim of giving the children of the local nursery school the opportunity to grow in contact with nature.

TRAILS, FRESH WATER POINTS AND FOREST

TRAILS, FRESH WATER POINTS AND FOREST

Small lakes, near wooded areas, breeding areas for amphibians; frogs and salamanders.

The wwoofer path to discover the biodiversity of the countryside together.

Badger friends, who live in the woods behind the farmhouse. Night shots with camera trap.

Small lakes, near wooded areas, breeding areas for amphibians; frogs and salamanders.

The wwoofer path to discover the biodiversity of the countryside together.

Badger friends, who live in the woods behind the farmhouse. Night shots with camera trap.

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