Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: Geological Regional Nature Reserve established with D.A.R.T.A. September 1, 1997 n. 587
The Contrada Scaleri Regional Geological Nature Reserve is located in the Municipality of S. Caterina Villarmosa (CL); it occupies an area of 11.9 hectares, comprising two zones: zone A, of 3.3 Ha, destined for scientific purposes, zone B, of 8.6 Ha, destined for pre-reserve.
Geological Reserve Contrada Scaleri (photo www.provincia.caltanissetta.it)
It is an area of considerable naturalistic and geomorphological value due to the presence of little-known surface karst forms. And the region of the Erei Mountains, a rough orographic complex, consisting mainly of limestone tuffs, resting on softer, clayey soils, which alternate, as in Contrada Scaleri, large swathes of the chalky-sulphiferous formation of sudden karst dissolution. The area is characterized by typical Sicilian vegetation with the presence of: pear and wild olive, almond, euphorbias, wild oats, ferle, spots of capers, wild thistles, hand cutters, prucara, wild fennel and the rare orchid Anacamptys pyramidalis.
Karst Microforms - Contrada Scaleri Geological Nature Reserve (photo www.provincia.caltanissetta.it)
Information for the visit
Regional Province of Caltanissetta
Territory and Environment Department
Viale Regina Margherita, 28 - 93100 Caltanissetta
Tel. 0934 534111