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Regional Natural Reserve Bosco di Malabotta - Sicily

Regional Natural Reserve Bosco di Malabotta - Sicily


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Type of protected area - Where it is located

Typology: Oriented Regional Nature Reserve established with D.A.R.T.A. of July 25, 1997 n. 477
Region: Sicily
Province: Messina

The Regional Natural Reserve of Bosco di Malabotta is located in the transition zone between the Peloritani and the Nebrodi rivers; it covers an area of ​​3,222 hectares, between 650 and 1341 m of Croce Mancina, in the municipalities of Francavilla di Sicilia, Malvagna, Moio Alcantara, Montalbano Elicona, Roccella Valdemone and Tripi (ME).

Bosco di Malabotta Reserve (photo www.siciliamountaintrekking.it)

Description

The Bosco di Malabotta is dotted with numerous hills: Pizzo Castelluzzo, Serra Castagna, Pizzo Daniele and Pizzo Galera all covered in thick woods. For about 80 hectares, Turkey oak dominates, an oak with a regal bearing that can reach 30 meters in height. Turkey oak is often found associated with beech. Going up, there is a splendid still intact beech forest which extends for about 80 hectares. The remaining part consists of hazel, holly, chestnut, holm oak with a rich undergrowth.
Just outside the wooded area, there are the suggestive rock formations of Argimusco which evoke rites and mysteries lost in the mists of time. In the reserve we also find wetlands, meadows-pastures and rocky areas.
The animals present are a true sample of the Sicilian fauna: among the mammals we remember the wild cat and the fox, the porcupine, the dormouse, the wild boar and the dormouse. Numerous are the birds, including many diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey .

Bosco di Malabotta Reserve (photo Eugenio)

Information for the visit

Management:
State Forestry Company of the Sicily Region
Departmental Inspectorate of the Forests of Messina
Via T. Cannizzaro
98110 Messina


Video: ARGIMUSCO (June 2022).