Coastal dunes with Juniperus spp.

Dune costiere

Coastal dunes

Stabilised dunes with tree or shrub covering, mainly Juniperus macrocarpa and Juniperus turbinata, that may locally include other shrubby species of fytocoenosis of the Quercetea ilicis class. In the few coastal areas where this habitat is well conserved, covered areas alternate with small clearings which host vegetable coenosis referred to other CI habitats, such as coastal Crucianella scrublands and therophyte communities of Malcolmion ramosissimae blends.
Passerines nest in juniper micro-woods and migrating, wintering birds also use them as source of food. The Sicilian Lacertide Podarcis and the Cerambicide Icosium tomentosum are also strongly linked to this habitat, which extends over 7.26 of the 742.48 dry hectares in the SCI, that is 1% of its total area.
Conservation state: currently precarious, due to the human pressure and threats, essentially linked to invasive species, high footfall and fragmentation caused by crowded beach and coastal erosion caused by de-structured dune systems and posidonia beds in the submerged area.