One of the many pleasures of visiting the Gargano Peninsula is the sheer abundance of its wildlife. The unspoilt countryside and variety of habitats make this the ideal environment for all manner of birds and animals. Even in the towns you will find an unusual number of birds and butterflies as well as the unleashed, but well mannered, dogs that seem to lie on every street corner.
The Coastal Wetlands of the Gargano Peninsula
The Umbra Forest
The Umbra Forest is full of wildlife, but much of it stays hidden. It is said that the forest is home to boars, wildcats and the Gargano roe deer, but they kept out of sight while we were there. We heard lots of different birds but the only one we actually saw was a tree-creeper. What we did see was brightly coloured butterflies and holes in the hillside that could have given shelter to small animals.
However we later spotted a wild cat skulking by the roadside and we saw a couple of boars in a field (although I don’t think they were wild!). And there were some rather tame deer in an enclosure near the National Park Visitor Centre. So we did manage to see some animals in the end.