Our monitoring of the alpine and subalpine pastures continues in the Leaota Natura 2000 site. This year, the number of sheep and cattle inside the protected area is substantially lower compared to the previous years and even smaller the carrying capacity of the pastures.
Additional positive news is that the illegally burned areas of Juniper heaths start to regenerate and regrow.
At the moment, Leaota is covered by a carpet of Spike Heath (Bruckenthalia spiculifolia), which is now in full blossom. The rains of the last two months have filled the mountain with life. Coloured flowers such as Violet (Viola declinata), Alpine Hawkweed (Hieracium alpinum), Alpine Bellflower (Campanula alpina) are everywhere now. The heaths are full of Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) chicks which practice their flying.