|Wildlife on the GR20|
The GR20 is reputed for its level of difficulty and for the beauty of its landscapes, but it also permits you to discover Corsica’s different flora and fauna in all their diversity.
The fauna: alongthe GR20 trail you will come across all sorts of wild species. Wildboars, foxes, a small brownish animal with a bushy tail that would bethe fat dormous, “Sitelles” (an elusive Corsican nut-hatch that’sendemic to the island), yellow-beaked mountain chuffs, royal eagles,falcons, red kites, Tyrrhenian wall lizard (endemic to Corsica andSardinia), Herman’s tortoise and fire salamanders are all part ofCorsica’s diverse animal kingdom.
|Flora of the GR20|
TheGR20 takes you through varied vegetation in three well-defined zones;the Mediterranean zone, which runs from the sea to an altitude of1000m, the mountain zone, at around 1000m, and above 2000m the alpinezone. With altitude gain olive, chestnut and cork oak trees give way tobeech and fir trees and forests of Laricio pine trees, (symbol of theCorsican mountains). The maquis with its diverse colours and smells issubstituted by ferns and dwarf alders.
Plant enthusiasts will be enchanted by the variety and beauty of the species they come across. Of the 2000 species of wild flowers found in Corsica eight percent are endemic to Corsica and Sardinia: Cyclamens and autumn crocus which appear with the autumn rains, white and lilac anemones, the wild red peony and the handsome, green Corsican hellebore that you won’t find anywhere else.