chalet-elati

Nature

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  • Alectoris_Chucar
  • Aegithalos_Caudatus
  • Carduelis-Chloris1
  • Buteo_Buteo1
  • Certhia_Brachydactyla
  • Carduelis-Carduelis5
  • Athene_Noctua
  • Cettia_Cetti
  • Corvus_Corax
  • Lanius_Collurio
  • Motacilla_Cinerea
  • Fringilla_Coelebs
  • Muscicapa_Striata
  • Natrix
  • Nyfitsa
  • Regulus_Ignicapillus
  • Parus_Ater
  • Skatzochiros
  • Sitta_Europea
  • Parus_Caeruleus
  • Sus_Scrofa
  • Testudo_Marginata

Elati nestles in a small basin of Western Menalo. Except for a few scattered meadows, reflecting the limited agricultural interests of the village, all the visible area is forested, mainly by Greek fir stands, with an oblong strip of riparian vegetation along the Mylaon valley. The fir forest forms a compact entity until the clearly defined perimeter of the plain of Karkalou, the upper livestock zones of Klinitsa, the Mylaon river and the stream of Karkalou. Within this quadrilateral, the fir has found perfect growth conditions and forms dense stands of straight and healthy individuals. However, small natural «accidents» due to geomorphology or human impact (cliffs, ravines, pens, openings), diverse and renew forest and offer new opportunities the wildlife hidden within it.
Along the meandering Mylaon river run an endless elongated line consisting of plane trees, willow and alder, alternating mature individuals and regenerating stands. On the meadows left by the old farming activities and along the river grow a great variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants attached to moisture of the valley. Larger grassland are formed either on the Mazaraki plateau- as a result of long and intensive livestock pressure – either in Madara peak- because of the weather. In these regions we will find the largest variety of flora and fauna of all Arcadia and among them many rare or unusual species.

Mammals
The habitats of the region are minimally disturbed and have preserved the most of the biodiversity of the geographical area. With the recent reintroduction of wild boar (as a game animal), the Peloponnese has again at least one large mammal, a situation that was reversed in the 1940s. Except the mammals usually found in rural landscape (fox, marten, weasel, hedgehog, rodents), the attentive visitor will notice several smaller animals (bats, shrews, dormouse) in caves, the undergrowth or among ruins.
Birds
In the forest, the rock meadows and dense shrubland you will find all the characteristic birds of this type of habitat without absences or surprises. At the edges between dense forest and meadows you will find woodpeckers of the Peloponnese, along rivers will meet the dunlin, while the slopes of the gorges you will see many jackdaw and kestrels. Finally, buzzards, short-toed snake eagle and several crows fly around rocky slopes and large meadows.
Reptiles and amphibians
The greatest variety of reptiles, especially amphibians, are found near permanent or casual, running or standing waters, where several species of frogs and toads, grass snakes and salamanders are easliy identified. In bare sunward parts, lizards abound, along with several endemic species of the Peloponnese, the two Greek turtles and a noticeable variety of snakes, with the most impressive being Montpellier snake and horned viper, for which you will hear many stories, some of them definitely in the area of exaggeration or myth.