A large mountain area in northern Sicily, south of the village of S. Agata di Militello. The main habitat is broadleaved woodland (beech Fagus, oak Quercus); the area is rich in small freshwater ponds. It includes an area that was listed in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989) as `Rocche del Castro and surrounding valley' (former site IT129).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Inappropriate pastoral practices such as overgrazing and burning of vegetation are the main threats. Research on the mammals, reptiles and amphibians is ongoing, coordinated by the Regional Park. A project to reintroduce Gyps fulvus, coordinated by LIPU and the Regional Park, is on the way.
National High International Unknown4,396 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Reserve (Monte Soro, 4,396 ha). 85,578 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Park (Nebrodi, 85,578 ha). Overlaps with SPA.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nebrodi. Downloaded from
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