Mount Minardo (ITA070023)
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Mount Minardo

Site type: SAC - Special Conservation Area

Code: ITA070023 - Hectares: 501



 This site is located on the western side of Etna at altitudes between 800 and 1300 m and is affected by old lava flows. The bioclimate is between the mesomediterraneo and the supramediterraneo with a lower subhumid shadow type. The natural vegetation is mainly represented by mesophilic acidophilous holm oaks, while the deciduous oaks with Quercus virgiliana are quite rare. Among the aspects of degradation are observed scrubs with Genista aetnensis and low bushes limited to the most rocky stations.

The main interest of this area is represented by the Quercus ilex woods which are very widespread and well characterized floristically. These formations cover a large part of the surface of the site and can be considered as the best examples present in the Etna area. There are also several entities that in the regional area are rare or considered to be of significant phytogeographic interest, in turn mentioned in the list reported in section 3.3 (D). or vulnerable, such as the Golden Eagle, the Sicilian Rock Partridge, the Wild Cat and Hermann's Tortoise. The invertebrate fauna is relatively diversified with numerous endemic species, sometimes known only for the Etna area.

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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