ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY: THE DIVERSITY OF THE FAUNA IN TROIA IN OUR GOLF COURSE
The diversity in fauna of Troia is directly linked with its plant cover, climate, type of soil and human
presence. The golf course offers a wealth of habitats over a small area, including pine tree forests, bush, lawn, dunes and freshwater lakes, which attract several species of fauna.
Among the birds, the Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is often seen picking the lawn for earthworms and other
small worms on which it feeds, and has a very characteristic “undulating” flight. In the lake, the Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) is very common, particularly in Spring when it builds its nests with twigs and straw on the river banks. In the pine tree forests we can also see on the ground turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) looking for food, although it is less common than the quail (Streptopelia decaocto) that is invading Europe. Robins (Erithacus rubecula) happily hopping on the lawns or the branches of pine trees and bushes are also a common sight. This bird belongs to the thrush family, easily recognisable for its bright red head and chest.
The green frog (Rana perezi) is very common in the lake; the croaking sounds of this amphibian are
very characteristic in Spring and Summer.
As for mammals, bats are at the top of the list. They feed relentlessly on all sorts of insects,
contributing to improve the health of forests and eliminate disease vectors.