Scandola (Presqu'ile de)

Quick facts

  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code FR940004)
  • Since 1985
  • Country: France
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 19 km2 (1919.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


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Manager Filippi José Director PNRC BP 417 F20184 Ajaccio cedex 0495517910
Information Parc naturel régional de Corse B.P. N° 417 F-20184 Ajaccio Cedex
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General character of the site Scandola is an almost undisturbed coastal zone of north-west Corsica, practically unaffected by human activity. The reserve includes the marine ecosystem to a depth of about hundred metres and rises to an altitude of 560 m on shore (Capu purcile). The substrate is composed of old volcanic rocks. The coast is rocky throughout with small islands nearby; almost all the land area is covered with maquis. 
Vulnerability Scandola has remained virtually untouched since the second world war. There is regular boat service to visit the marine part of the reserve, in summer, with no landing. 
Owner Scandola is state-owned. It has an advisory committee and a scientific committee, and is administrated by the Corsican Regional Nature Park. At Galeria there are 2 wardens and accomodation facilities for naturalists. 
Documentation Council of Europe - European Diploma Series (1986), Réserve naturelle de Scandola - France, Strasbourg,19 p. 
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Geomorphology Vulcanic territory from ancient Corsica (Primary era): rhyolites, andesites, dacites... 
Educational interest Présence d'un centre d'accueil pour les scolaires à Galeria, "Casa marina", gérée par le Parc Régional de Corse. 
Cultural heritage There are two genoese towers in the reserve, and a deserted village, Girolata, where arable and sheep farming were used to provide a livelihood. We have to remark that Girolata is not situated in the reserve but in the surroundings of the reserve. Charcoal burning was practised in the first half of the 20th century. Scandola has been uninhabited since the second world war. 
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