Study tours

Conference Study tours: Sardinian agroforestry sites

Tuesday 18th May 2021

On the second day of the conference, FoReSTAS organises field trips to agroforestry farms and demonstration sites. Discover more below about the excursions destinations.



Agrosilvopastoral systems – Province of Nuoro

The granite plateau of Sa Serra, only a few kilometres away from the Nuoro area, hosts extensive cork oak woods of traditional landscape importance. These woods are used for the production of cork as well as pastures. The system is in continuity with the highlands of Bitti and Buddusò, and forms the largest cork oak complex of the province, as well as one of the largest ones nationwide. Here, participants will be able to admire the landscapes of the Miriagos and to discover the procedures of cork extraction. It’s also possible to visit archaeological nuraghic sites and to get to know unique traditions visiting the tenor museum and the Rural Culture museum of Bitti, including the chance to taste the products of these peculiar agrosilvopastoral systems.

Preliminary program

8:00                      Departure from Nuoro

9:30                      Guided tour to the cork oak woods agrosilvopastoral systems (coordinated by AGRIS)

10.30                    Decortication of cork oak trees demonstration (coordinated by FoReSTAS)

11.30                     Departure to the nuraghic village, Romanzesu

12.00                    Visit to the nuraghic site

13.00                    Lunch at an Agriturismo farm with the traditional “Tenores” chorus

15.30                    Departure to Nuoro

16.00                    Arrival in Nuoro – free time activities


Silvopastoral systems of Goceano

Grazed traditional oak woodlands of Sardinia

The Monte Pisanu State Forest (50 kilometres away from Nuoro), has been protected by the Royla decree since 1886. It covers the area of the mountains in the municipalities of Bono and Bottidda, in the Goceano historical area of Sassari’s Province. The mountainous region of Goceano is identified as a Site of Community Importance (SIC ITB001102) and it represents one of the most important historical-geographical areas of Sardinia from an environmental, cultural and economic point of view.

The experimental site of Monte Pisanu is one of the few Sardinian forests managed by the Regional Forestry Office (FoReSTAS), where grazing is allowed inside an oak woodland of high nature value. In this context, the grazed oak woodlands have an important socio-economic and environmental role, providing ecosystem services and benefits such as wildfire protection, wildlife habitat, and areas of high cultural value for tourism. Timber is usually utilized as stumps for woodworks, manufactured directly into the carpentry of FoReSTAS.

A key feature of the forest, in the area of Sos Nibberos, is a biotope of millennial European yews (Taxus baccata L.) which was declared a natural monument in 1994. Trees have diameters of about 1 m and grow to over 10 m in height. Recently, there have been habitat restoration interventions of some oak coppices focused on the partial or total removal of conifers.

During the field trip, participants will have the opportunity to live an authentic experience in nature and in an uncontaminated environment of deciduous and evergreen Mediterranean oaks, where the pastoral tradition based on extensive grazing of sheep, cattle, goats and horses is still alive. You will have the chance to visit the experimental agro-zootechnical farm of the AGRIS Agency and to explore the archaeological nuraghic site of “Sa Regia” (Foresta Burgos), as well as to study the Miriagos and assist to the extraction of cork, thanks to the workers of the FoReSTAS Agency.


Preliminary programme

8:30                                    Departure from Nuoro to Forestas Burgos

9:30-10.30                        Guided visit to Nuragic village of “Sa Reggia” – Forestas Burgos

10.30-11.00                        Coffee break

11.00-13.00                        Study tour (CNR)of agroforestry systems of Monte Pisanu Forest

13.00-15.00                       Outdoor lunch with typical traditional dishes (Caserma FD Monte Pisanu)

15.00-16.00                        Demonstration of activity of cork extraction (FORESTAS)

16.00-18.00                        Study tour: path of traditional sheepfolds (FORESTAS) of Anela Forest

19.00                                    Arrival in Nuoro. Free Time in the town