Thanks to an agreement with the Regional Natural Areas Conservatory (CREN) of Midi-Pyrénées, Nicolas Gouix, doctor in entomology and expert in old forests, accompanied us on a field-trip to the Maramures. With Vincent Vignon, Vita Sylvae’s scientific director, we undertook the task of making an inventory of 2 forests: the famous Botiza forest and another one belonging to the municipality of Rozavlea, a dozen kilometers away.
The Botiza forest was felled around 10 years ago. This didn’t have an impact on its old structure but traces are still visible. In this forest, we can find really big trees. Rozavlea has never been cut but its trees are less gigantic as it is exposed to dominant winds. We can however find large quantities of dead wood which is treasure for biodiversity, notably birds and wood-boring insects.
We were lucky to find what we were looking for, the Ceruchus chrysomelinus, which is proof of biological continuity since the last ice age. Great news for all of us!
These two forests also represent a natural safe haven for large mammals such as deer, bear or lynx. Their difficult access makes them naturally quiet and peaceful.
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