Reacquainting with nature
Today they are dry and continue to channel water, above all during the “mene” (big heavy rains), which will transport loose material. Due to the natural depression, large plots of original natural landscape have survived. This has made it possible to identify two distinct types of natural environment and habitat: one “built”, localized in the flat area, the other “spontaneous” that extends into the natural depression and is characterized by the presence of native plant species such as carob, bay, brambles, holm oak, and Macedonian oak. Along the ridges, at the most dry and arid points grow honeysuckle, hawthorne, wild asparagus and more. There is no shortage of aromatic kitchen herbs such as thyme, mint, sage, rue and medicinal herbs such as borage and salsaparicina. There is also a variety of fauna. In fact, aside from animal species which easily adapt to changing environmental conditions, such as fox, frogs, and hedgehogs, the lama is also home to more interesting animals such as the weasel and marten. From the naturalist point of view, the land of the Barnaba family could be considered one of the most interesting areas in the province of Bari. Its natural biodiversity is an asset to be actively protected for the particular plants, which have disappeared elsewhere, but have remained here due to the lama’s unique conditions and certain parts, which are difficult to reach.