Pine forest and squirrels

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Just after starting on the route, you pass close by a small open grove of Aleppo pine, maritime pine and some stone pines, one of the last narrow strips of this type of woodland deriving from the plantations which extend the full length of the dune area. These pine trees were replanted at the start of the twentieth century to fix the sand of the great dunes, also called inland dunes, which in that lower part of the Montgrí formed through the accumulation of sand carried by the tramuntana wind from the large beach of the gulf of Roses. However, they also allowed the establishment of a variety of interesting fauna, like the cuckoo, which you will hear singing continuously in the springtime, and the lively squirrel, which you might see climbing up and down the pine trees. The gnawed remains of pine cones spread over the ground reveal their presence.