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Mapping of the Capo Testa Special Area of Conservation (SAC) was completed using Google Maps following extensive in-situ field-research to establish a high accuracy in the boundaries of habitats. The Valle Della Luna & Capo Testa SAC was segmented into distinct 'Research Areas', defined by landscape morphology, local references (previously applied naming) & broad vegetative categorisation - Research Site Outline maps 001 & 003. This was then used with the 'Habitats Directory' (PDF) to create a Habitats Compendium (see maps 002 & 004) applying EUNIS classified habitats.
A literature review of relevant information was conducted (EUNIS habitat classifications & Capo Testa SAC designations, with reference to the Natura 2000 interpretation manual of Habitat-types). All habitats were defined generally by broad group (e.g. Grassland, Woodland etc.), & then by specific EUNIS classification where applicable (e.g. Malcomietalia Dune Grasslands. Quercus Forests etc.). In certain locations a Mosaic of habitats were observed and are thus referred to as that (e.g. Rocky Grassland-Coastal Elicriso Gariga Mosaic). The Habitats Compendium, highlights each habitat within the research site, labelled & briefly described. It is recommended to use the desktop site, not the mobile site to view maps optimally.
DARK-LANDMASS MAPS (for easy overall viewing - 001 & 002):
Research Site Outline Map 001. Research areas are displayed. Zoom in & click on individual pointer icons for descriptions. use the top right 'enlargement icon (broken zoom square) for full page size (scroll to the right side of the map on the mobile site).
Habitats Compendium Map 002. Habitats are displayed for clear distinction of comparative boundaries. Zoom in & click on individual areas for descriptions. for full page map size use the 'enlargement icon (broken square) - scroll to the right side of the map on the mobile site.
SATELLITE-MAPS (for detailed view of landscape features & boundaries - 003 & 004):
Research Site Outline Map 003. Research areas are displayed. Zoom in & click on individual pointer icons for descriptions. use the top right 'enlargement icon (broken zoom square) for full page size (scroll to the right side of the map on the mobile site)..
Habitats Compendium Map 004. Habitats are displayed for observation of features within Habitat areas. Zoom in & click on individual areas for descriptions. for full page map size use the 'enlargement icon (broken square) - scroll to the right side of the map on the mobile site.
In terms of presentation the 'Research Site Outline & 'Habitats-Compendium Maps', are laid-out as:
Dark Landmass Maps: to allow the viewer to easily visually define the outlined research & habitat areas.
Satellite Maps: with marked areas exhibiting a degree of transparency to allow for both identification of landscape features & habitat/research areas.
All 4 Google Maps are interactive & include relevant descriptions of specified areas.
Following the map layouts on this page, each research area is individually highlighted and depicted (e.g. 3rd Valle - Cala Grande), for an added virtual experience - see In-Depth Research Areas. Subsequently specifications are presented for each individual habitat-type within the 'Habitat Profiles' pages. Overall, the idea is to give a comprehensive, full spectrum view of the habitats present (in 2017-21) with relation to boundaries & composition, by means of classified habitats & distinctly defined landscape areas/locations.
IN-DEPTH RESEARCH AREAS (in reference to Research Site Outline Map(s): UNDER CONSTRUCTION
For access please click on the relevant location below. Each area profile includes highlighted areas of varying habitat-types, descriptions of habitat compositions and photographic documentation of plant communities, features of each location and any other relative aspects.