Percurso da Serra Amarela

NAME OF INTEREST - Scrub Clearings (pastures)

CONCEPT - Natural Heritage

Frequently, within areas of scrub appear quite substantial grassy clearings which provide grazing grounds for livestock. These pastures, depending on their soil type and humidity, may contain vegetation similar to water meadows, mat grass areas (priority habitat 6230), acidophilic creeper undergrowth, (habitat 6160pt2) and thyme beds (8230pt1). Present in this pasture is thrift (Armeria humilis subsp. odorata) and thyme (Thymus caespititius), species that are typical of the two latter vegetation habitats.
In this pasture it is also frequently possible to see signs of wild boar (Sus scrofa), rooting marks left in the soil (soil turned over) as the boar search out roots, bulbs and plant tubers for food. We can also come across other animals such as the rabbit (Orictolagus cuniculus) and Lataste's viper (Vipera latastei), albeit always being easier to spot bird life such as partridge (Alectoris rufa), meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis), northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) and the stonechat (Saxicola torquata).