Category Nature

Let’s visit ‘Piscia d’Ortola’ – one of our most beautiful waterfalls

Beautiful, isn’t it. The ‘Piscia d’Ortola’ waterfall can be reached from the village of Bastelica which is near Ese, this is around 1h walk with 385m of level difference. In distance, around 38k from Ajaccio, just to give you an idea. The round trip takes about 3h all in all, passing through mountainous and rustic countryside, leading to various sheep pens around this region.

This is really a lovely hike, at certain times through chestnut groves and the Volta irrigation canal, built in the XVIII century in order to divert part of the water to the village of Bastelica, a mountain village perched at around 800m.
This canal took its name from the river Volta, running into the Ortola waterfall, before flowing into the Prunelli river...

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Walnut as a medicinal plant

The walnut is both purgative and astringent.

Can be used for: rickets, bone diseases, dyspeptic, digestive atony, nausea, diabetes, diarrhea, leucorrhoea, angina and anemia.

External use:
Impetigo, abscesses, ulcers, wounds, frostbite, hair loss and conjunctivitis.
A decoction of 50g of walnut leaves for 1L of water, used as a lotion and compress.

Internal use:
A handful of walnut leaves per liter of water, allow to infuse for 10m, drink as much as you want.

 

Source: Corsica Guide ©

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Types of bats that can be found in Corsica

 

Some twenty-two species live in Corsica, believe it or not. And, this island shelters a third of the national numbers, which is the most important within the Western Mediterranean basin with this particular characteristic.
Among the species present here, is the smallest in Europe: the Common Pipistrelle, but, also the largest and rarest: the Great Noctule !
Corsica is also the only region around France where one can meet the Maghreb Murin, a cave dwelling species.

To be noted: the reproduction rate is very low; with just one baby per year and per female. If you are interested in bats, here is a site that could very well interest you: http://chauvesouriscorse.fr/

 

Source:
Patrimoniu di Corsica ©

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Burdock ‘Erba Tignosa’ – as a medicinal plant

corsica-guide-la-bardane-erba-tignosaHighly appreciated for the many virtues it offers, and belonging to the Asteraceae family.

Purgative, sudorific, diuretic, choloretic, against diabetes, antibiotic and antivenin. But, it has also been used to treat boils, anthrax, throat and dental abscess, dermatosis, acne, eczema, ringworm, measles, gout, rheumatism and gallbladder stones – the list is impressive. 
For internal use
The root must be used fresh but not dried –  limiting the use to spring and autumn. 
Boil 60g of fresh root in 1L water for around 10min. 
For external use:
The leaves are freshly plucked, and can be applied as a poultice against chronic pulmonary disorders, colds and rheumatism – macerated in olive oil, they accelerate the healing of leg ulcers and sores in general. 
 
 
 
Source: Corsica Guide © 
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A few words on: The Corsican Mouflon

The Corsican mouflon is a wild mountain sheep. ‘Ovis gmelini musimon var. Corsicana’ – this is to distinguish him from his Sardinian and Cypriot cousins.  This mouflon has never been hybridised, so the preservation as a separate species is important to defend.
The mouflon prefers open country, hard underfoot, covered with grassy or bushy vegetation.  A Mediterranean hoofed animal who seeks steep slopes and rocks to protect himself from man and stray dogs. He is known for having diverse tastes in herbaceous food – mainly grass, but also leaves, buds, young shoots, berries, nuts, chestnuts, roots, mushrooms and lichen.  His main water intake is through the fresh vegetation he eats, as he rarely drinks.

Mouflons react to climatic and seasonal changes by seeking shelter from snow in winter, or...

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