Monti Barracù, Cardelia, Pizzo Cangialosi and Corleone Torrent Gorges (ITA020037)
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Monti Barracù, Cardelia, Pizzo Cangialosi and Corleone Torrent Gorges (ITA020037)


Site type: SAC Special Conservation Area

Code: ITA020037 - Hectares: 5351


The SIC is located in the north-western part of the Sicani Mountains complex, where it covers a total area of ​​about 5320 hectares, involving the municipalities of Corleone, Palazzo Adriano and Prizzi (province of Palermo). It includes a large area that extends from the side above the town of Corleone, up to the northern alde of Monte Colomba, culminating in the peaks of the Pizzo Cangialoso (1457 m), M. Barracù (m 1420) and M. Cardellìa (1286 m). From a geological point of view, these are mainly glauconite calcarenites (Tortonian-Lower Miocene) and formations carbonates and silico-carbonates of the Sicane Units. From the bioclimatic point of view, the territory is included between the mesomediterranean bands (average temperature annual temperature of 16-13 ° C) and the supramediterranean (average annual temperature below 13 ° C), with variable shadow type between the lower and upper subhumid (rainfall annual average of 600-1000 mm). Aspects of climatic vegetation are practically non-existent in the whole area following the anthropic disturbance that led to almost total destruction of the original plant cover. The plant landscape is mainly characterized by the dominance of shrub aspects and grassland - in addition to the cultivated fields, which are widespread in the areas surrounding the SIC - as aspects of replacement of the forest aspects of the past; implants have sometimes been carried out artificial forest trees dominated by species extraneous to the native flora. As for the main series of vegetation, on limestone bedrocks can predominantly refer to those of the Holm oak - in particular the Aceri campestris-Querco ilicis sigmetum -, while on brown calcic soils there are sigmeti referring to the chestnut oak (Oleo-Querco virgilianae sigmetum and Sorbo torminalis-Querco virgilianae sigmetum). There are others along the waterways ripali aspects, partly ascribed to the pedicellated willow series (Ulmo-Salico pedicellatae sigmetum). linked to particular edaphic conditions, such as in the case of rock walls, detrital areas, etc.

It is a relatively little known area from the geobotanical point of view, but in any case of a certain naturalistic-environmental and landscape value, even if partly degraded and frequently crossed by fires. In section 3.3, indicated with the letter D, some plant entities are listed whose presence in the territory is considered to be of significant phytogeographic interest.The site has a fauna including rare and / or threatened vertebrate species


Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form

Ministerial data: Natura 2000 form

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

Photo: web

Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily

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