Flora and fauna

Pruces and pines, chamois and alpine swifts characterise the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park and the Alpe di Siusi

A world of magic is waiting for you in the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park. Almost the entire area around the Sciliar massif is covered with conifers. North-east of Siusi lies the well-known Castelvecchio forest, here you will find spruces and larch trees, pines, firs, ash and birch trees. The Pond of Fiè, however, is surrounded by firs only, while the slopes of Mt Cavone and the Ciamin valley feature spruces, larch trees and firs. Obviously there are also lots of flowers, ranging from the purple saxifrage to crocuses, anemones and alpine snow bells. Also the primrose, the Saxifraga squarrosa and the Armeria alpina grow here.

Among the local animals there are chamois and bats. Especially the world of birds has many representatives: golden eagles and Alpine choughs, common ravens and Alpine swifts. Every now and again, if you are lucky, you might also see a woodpecker or an owl. 20 percent of the animal species that have been identified in South Tyrol also inhabit the area of the Sciliar, over 5,000 species in a total of 22 plant and animal groups have been identified in the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park.

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