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Isola di Monte Cristo

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General character of the site Montecristo is a rocky island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, situated 45 km off Elba: the highest point is 645m above sea level. Sparse vegetation in the rocky sites. Characteristic mediterranean flora and fauna. 
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Vulnerability The goat populations need to be controlled as their present numbers are hindering the development of the natural vegetation (in particular Quercus ilex). Certain non-native plant species need to be eliminated. The rats pose a threat to nesting birds. 
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Owner The island is state-owned. Administration is entrusted to a special commission. The former royal hunting pavilion provides accomodation for naturalists. 
Documentation Council of Europe - Série Diplôme européen n° 30 (1988), Réserve naturelle de l'île de Montecristo - Italie, Strasbourg, 24p. 
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Educational interest Access to the island is authorised only for the purpose of scientific study. 
Cultural heritage Ruined monasteries and churches; archaeological interest remains. The island is a former royal hunting ground, and was the setting of Alexandre Dumas' famous novel "The Count of Montecristo". 
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URL official http://www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.arcip.toscano/index.html 
URL interesting http://www.geologia.com/html/parks/rnmont.htm 

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