We are in Capoterra, along the south-western coast of Sardinia, about 15 km from Cagliari.
THE SOUTH SARDINIA
Along the south-western coast of Sardinia, about 15 km from Cagliari, we find the city of Capoterra, lying on a plain and sheltered by the embrace of the mountain massif which softens towards the coast.
The road that leads from the city of Cagliari to our locality, follows the perimeter of the Pond of Santa Gilla on the right, then, looking to the left, you can also admire the sea. The journey is too short, but you immediately realise that you are coming to a very special place from an environmental point of view: a step from the sea, a few minutes from the mountain, and looking at the pond.
Perhaps it is for this reason that the population of Capoterra, in the last ten years, has doubled the number of inhabitants. Today it counts just under 25,000.
To give an idea of the wonderful variety and naturalistic richness of the territory is no small task. The pond is particularly interesting because it is rich in avifauna. You can admire, without too much difficulty, many species of birds among them the elegant pink flamingos, herons, cormorants, ducks, coots, and terns.
The Mediterranean scrub covers the whole territory, but on the mountain the vegetation is even more varied and, next to the shrubs, we find the cork and the strawberry tree, pine and holm oak. Below the 400-500 metres also appear juniper, myrtle, heather, lentisk, cysts, carob and, near the waterways, willow, alder and oleander.
As for the fauna, we remember the rare Sardinian deer, wild boar, fox, marten, weasel, hedgehog and wild cat. Among the birds, it is worth mentioning the golden eagle, the peregrine falcon, the goshawk and many other wild birds.
Since October, moreover, the mountains are affected by the passage of flocks of blackbirds and thrushes (pillonis de taccula), migratory birds, attracted by the abundant nourishment of berries from strawberry trees and myrtle.