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Flora and fauna of the Dolomites

The Dolomites are rich in vegetation and animal species, making them a delightful natural environment to explore and discover while on holiday in Alta Badia.

Flora

Thanks to its position and geological conformation, Alta Badia boasts an extremely rich and characteristic flora. In the valleys it is possible to find the most beautiful species of meadow flowers, while delicate alpine flowers grow in the rocky zones and on glaciers.

At the beginning of spring, when the meadows are not yet green, they are covered by a blanket of white crocus, which is then replaced by bright yellow dandelions.

The spring gentian, the primrose, the buttercup and the mountain soldanella can be found in the more humid meadows. The anemone is found in the high meadows whilst the anemone hepatica grows in the woods.

However, the most beautiful season as far as plant wildlife is concerned is from June until late August. During this time the auricula, various species of gentian, the nigritella, the daphnia, the saxifrage, the columbine, the campanula and various species of lily come into flower. The mountain slopes are made even more beautiful by the evocative red rhododendrons. There is also a vast variety of wild herbs which are used for our “Cook The Mountain” dishes served at the St. Hubertus. Others such as arnica for example are used in the spa to treat sore muscles after sports activities.

Fauna

The mountains and the woods of Alta Badia offer a unique attraction for those who love the animal world. The rustling of wings, the running of a roe-deer, the cheerful scurrying of a squirrel, the singing of birds and the perfect flight of an eagle help to animate the different aspects of this world which surrounds us.

In the high mountains the reliefs have caused the bigger four-legged animals to acquire an extraordinary agility. This vital quality gives them a sureness of step which means they always tread in the right place without ever slipping.

The most noted example is the chamois. A springy hoof with several sections that can separate independently from each other makes the chamois the king of the mountains. Chamois are found in the gorges of the Sella, in the Puez - Gardenaccia group, in the valleys of the Setsas and especially on the Fanes plateau. It is often possible to encounter herds of 20 to 30 chamois. Whilst in the summer they venture up the mountains to heights of 3,000 metres, they spend the winter in the high mugo pine woods.

 

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