Monte Bosco and Scorace complex
Site type: SAC - Special Conservation Area
Code: ITA010008 - Hectares: 606
The SCI includes a large forested area, partly dominated by reforestation, but partly made up of interesting wooded aspects of Quercus suber. It is dominated by the ridges of Monte Bosco (624 m) and Monte Scorace (642 m), where it extends for a total of 606 hectares, affecting the areas of the municipalities of Buseto Palizzolo and Castellammare del Golfo. From a geolithological point of view, these are marly clays with sometimes rhythmic intercalations of quartz siltstones, calcarenites, brecciole, calcirudites and quartzarenites. Following the bioclimatic classification proposed by BRULLO et al. (1996), the territory falls mainly in the lower subhumid thermo-Mediterranean belt, with prevalent potential towards the acidophilic deciduous oak wood of the Virgilian oak (Erico-Querco virgilianae sigmetum), on the clays with deeper and more evolved soils, and to the series of the Sughera (Genisto aristatae-Querco suberis sigmetum), on quartzarenite substrates.
The wooded aspects of Quercus suber constitute residual forest nuclei of a certain importance, moreover inserted in a territorial context largely occupied by crops. It is therefore a particularly interesting biotope, both from a phytocenotic and floristic point of view, but also as an oasis of refuge for fauna. For the same reasons, it should also be emphasized that some interesting other woodlands, currently located on the outer edges of the SIC, would also deserve to be included within the area to be conserved.
Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form
Ministerial data: Ministerial Map Natura 2000 form
Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero
Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily
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