Skiing in Roccazzo della Bandiera
Site type: SAC - Special Conservation Area / SPA - Special Protection Area
Code: ITA070017 - Hectares: 2760
It is an area affected by lava flows still clearly visible, mostly dating back to the eruption of 1843. It is located on the western side of Etna between 900 and 1600 m, with numerous cones scattered over the entire surface. The vegetation is mainly characterized by glareicolous or semi-rupestrian aspects with discontinuous coverage, dominated by Helichrysum italicum, Centranthus ruber and Senecio ambigus. At the edge of the area there are scrubs with Genista aetnensis and evergreen wood formations with Quercus ilex or deciduous with Quercus congesta. Small shrub formations characterized by the presence of Euphorbia rigida are also found in some sections. The bioclimate of this area is between the mesomediterraneo and subhumid supramediterraneo.
The site presents an alternation of lava fields with very interesting formations of corded lava and more or less deep hypogea. The fauna, although not very rich and diversified, includes species of considerable scientific and conservation interest, especially as regards some species of Raptors. The entomofauna is also of some interest with species that in Sicily are often located only on Etna.The vegetation that colonizes the lavas physiognomically has little importance as it consists of small scattered bushes. Only in some marginal stretches there is a dense shrub or wooded cover that affects the most ancient lava flows.
Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form
It falls within the Etna Park
Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero
Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily
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