Gran Sasso

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code IT7110202)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since April 1995
  • Country: Italy
  • Administrative region: Abruzzo (ITF1)
  • Surface area: 340 km2 (33995.00 ha)
  • Marine area: 0%
  • Located in Alpine biogeographical region
  • It protects 33 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 26 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (33)
Species group Number
Amphibians 1
Birds 19
Fishes 2
Flowering Plants 2
Invertebrates 3
Mammals 3
Mosses & Liverworts 1
Reptiles 2

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
3150 Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition -type vegetation 339.95
3220 Alpine rivers and the herbaceous vegetation along their banks 679.9
3240 Alpine rivers and their ligneous vegetation with Salix elaeagnos 339.95
3280 Constantly flowing Mediterranean rivers with Paspalo-Agrostidion species and hanging curtains of Salix and Populus alba 339.95
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths 1359.8
5130 Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands 339.95
6110 Rupicolous calcareous or basophilic grasslands of the Alysso-Sedion albi 339.95
6170 Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands 8838.7
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites) 6799
6230 Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe) 679.9
6510 Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) 339.95
7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs 339.95
7230 Alkaline fens 339.95
8120 Calcareous and calcshist screes of the montane to alpine levels (Thlaspietea rotundifolii) 1359.8
8130 Western Mediterranean and thermophilous scree 339.95
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 4419.35
8220 Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 339.95
8240 Limestone pavements 1359.8
8310 Caves not open to the public 339.95
8340 Permanent glaciers 339.95
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines 339.95
9210 Apeninne beech forests with Taxus and Ilex 2379.65
9220 Apennine beech forests with Abies alba and beech forests with Abies nebrodensis 679.9
9260 Castanea sativa woods 339.95
9510 Southern Apennine Abies alba forests 339.95
91L0 Illyrian oak-hornbeam forests (Erythronio-carpinion) 339.95

Designation information

NATURA 2000 is the ecological network for the conservation of wild animals and plant species and natural habitats of Community importance within the Union. It consists of sites classified under the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (the Nature Directives).

NATURA 2000 site under

Birds Directive 2009/147/EC (SPA) Not under Birds directive
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (SCI) Under Habitats directive
  • Date proposed as Site of Community Importance (SCI)
April 1995
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
Not available
Date of Standard data form update October 2013

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