Lo Zingaro nature reserve, in San Vito lo capo, was Sicily’s first. We visited recently, and spotted a falcon flying overhead. There are also buzzards, ravens, hooded crows and thrushes.
The wild flowers include ferns, cyclamen, hollly bushes, lots of yellow mountain broom and this lovely flower. Does anyone know what it is?
There were some wild geraniums (below), huge wild fennel plants and lots and lots of wonderful wild rosemary.
There are brick-built barbecues discreetly hidden by olive trees, so you can have a proper picnic, Sicilian style. After eating, we went for a walk on the beach – the reserve includes 7km.
The reserve includes four museums about nature, farming, the sea and – the one I really want to see – a museum of manna.
I would also like to sneak in at night, since the nocturnal residents of the reserve include little owls, tawny owls, foxes, and lots and lots of bunnies!