Val Grande National Park and University of Bozen
The project wants to evaluate the effect of the process of terraces abandonment on biodiversity of plants and butterflies in the area of Val Grande National Park, Piedmont, Italy, where a rapid abandonment of traditional agricultural activities is under way. The survey includes plots in natural forests and in grasslands, vineyards and chestnut groves, active and abandoned terraces.
Six land use types distributed in three sampling areas characterized by different aspect within the Val Grande National Park were selected. 117 measurement plots were established in total. At each plot, we measured the available radiation with a ceptometer (Decagon AccuPar LP-80) and the observed temperature and its range with a thermocamera (FLIR T640). We then assessed vegetation cover and butterfly species. The Cooperative was involved in the project in order to count the butterfly species and their interaction with the plot and vegetation.