Wood of Milo (ITA070020)

Wood of Milo

Site type: SAC - Special Conservation Area

Code: ITA070020 - Hectares: 82 mm


 The site falls on the eastern side of Etna at altitudes between 600 and 800 m, within the upper humid mesomediterranean bioclimatic belt. The substrates are essentially basaltic volcanites with extensive rocky outcrops. Natural vegetation is essentially wooded with various types of forest vegetation. Most common are deciduous woods dominated by Quercus congesta, from mesophilic woods to Ostrya carpinifolia and Acer obtusatum, located in more or less deep valleys. Rather rare are the evergreen woods with Quercus ilex and Teucrium siculum. Scattered in the most open and degraded areas are the thickets of Spartium junceum and Genista aetnensis.

In the area there are still well-preserved woodland formations of considerable floristic and landscape interest. Some of these formations such as the Arabido-Quercetum congestae and the Maple-Ostryetum carpinifoliae have their localization and maximum expression in this site. The presence of several endemic or rare species of considerable phytogeographic value is also significant, some of which are mentioned in the list in section 3.3 (D). on the eastern side of Etna. It preserves a portion of the much richer and more articulated woodland fauna of the Etna foothills and represents a refuge site for numerous species of Vertebrates that otherwise would have already disappeared from the entire area. Its strategic importance for the protection of biodiversity is therefore quite evident also in consideration of the rich and articulated invertebrate fauna it hosts.

Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form

It falls within the Etna Park

Ministerial data: Ministerial Map  Natura 2000 form

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

Photo: web

Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily

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