Marshes of Capo Feto and Margi Spanò (ITA010006)
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Marshes of Capo Feto and Margi Spanò

Site type: SPA - Special Protection Area - SAC - Special Conservation Area

Code: ITA010006 - Hectares: 350


The SIC includes coastal areas, separated into three bodies (Capo Feto and Margi Spanò, coastal area of ​​Punta Parrino and Margi Milo), between Capo Feto and Torre Scibiliana; on the whole, the overall extension slightly exceeds 300 hectares. These are marshy surfaces separated from the sea by a narrow and low dune belt, characterized by an impermeable substrate, given the high concentration of silt and clay; in fact, during the winter the depressions are flooded by marine waters, to which are added fresh water coming from the interior. During the summer the same depressions tend to partially dry up, thus generating rather peculiar and expressive habitats, of particular naturalistic-environmental importance; they host interesting floristic-phytocenotic aspects, as well as representing important oases for resident and migratory fauna. From an administrative point of view, the Capo Feto and Margi Spanò area affects the municipal area of ​​Mazara del Vallo, while the biotopes of Punta Parrino and Margi Milo (near Petrosino) refer to the municipality of Marsala. The thermopluviometric data of the nearby stations of Trapani and Marsala show average annual rainfall of between 483 and 500 mm, while the average annual temperatures exceed 21 ° C. From the bioclimatic point of view, the territory therefore falls within the lower dry lower thermo-Mediterranean. The vegetation is predominantly characterized by various halophytic formations of the marsh areas (Brullo & Furnari, 1976; 1978).

A complex of coastal wetlands of great biological-environmental and phytocenotic importance, which are home to numerous species of resident and migratory avifauna. Among the species of vascular flora included in the regional Red Lists of Italian plants by CONTI et al. (1997) and in the Inventory of endangered species of Sicily by RAIMONDO et al. (1996), include the endemic Atriplex tornabeni, Limonium halophilum, Limonium mazarae, Limonium ferulaceum, Ruppia maritima subsp. drepanensis, in addition to various rare entities or of phytogeographic interest (Cressa cretica, Salicornia patula, Ipomoea sagittata, Spartina juncea). during migrations. There are also numerous species that overwinter. Some species of endemic insects are exclusive to this area, closely linked ecologically to the marsh environment

Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form

Ministerial data: Ministerial Map    Natura 2000 form

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

Photo: web

Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily

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