Fauna of the park
Although the park area is in an extremely anthropized context and has gained the typical characteristics of a biogeographical island, it hosts a very interesting fauna community. Indeed, the fauna itself, as well as the plant associations, have been the protagonists of repeated colonisations following the cyclic eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, but the proximity to the coastal strip, the fact of being the only mountain range located in the middle of Nola’s plain, the favourable climatic conditions and the great environmental diversity have encouraged the settlement of an interesting fauna population in a territory of modest extension.
Among the vertebrates, 2 species of amphibians, 8 species of reptiles, 138 species of birds and 29 species of mammals were found, while among the invertebrates there are 44 species of diurnal lepidoptera, 8 families of apoidea and ants, all represented by numerous species, and many other taxa, partly still to be studied and catalogued, partly described in a recent publication about the biodiversity of the Vesuvius Park.
Vulpes Vulpes / © Carlo Falanga