Even having to admit the disappearance of the mythical big
mammals (deer, fallow deer, bear, roe deer, wild pig, wolf, griffon,
etc.), the present fauna, in the woods of Bronte, has still a
notable variety and quantity of animals and birds (only on the
Nebrodi there are about 150 species of birds).
Is not rare to see some of the animals that still live in these areas:
the fox, the weasel, the marten, the wild cat, the dormouse,
porcupine, the curly, the musk rat
(the "Felis silvestris silvestris"), the green lizard, the
tortoise and the turtle; among the birds there are magpies,
owls and hawks, crows, woodpeckers, woodcocks, partridges,
falcons and kites.
In the area comprised between the mounts Ruvolo, Lepre and De
Fiore, at the feet of Etna, has come back to nest and live the Royal
Eagle, brought back in the territory, some years ago, by the Park authorities.
Multicolored and diversified are the typical flowers of
the underbrush; especially in spring, they dot the landscape
with chromatic effects of rare suggestion.
Many the flowers as the anemone, the butter cup, the asphodel, the sylvan
violet, the astragal, the cyclamen, the soapwort, the peony rose, the canine
rose, the primrose, the valerian (or "spezzaquartari)",
the thistle, the chamomile.
Most significant is the presence of some species of spontaneous orchids (vulgarly called "pizzingurdu").
Only in the woods and lava of Etna have been found more than 200 species
of flowers, some exclusive to the volcano, rare or very rare in the territory.
The colors, the scenery, the vegetation, the fauna, all the natural landscape, naturally depend strictly to the various seasons:
the spring, therefore shall offer the
lushness of the flowered underbrush, clear skies of a deep blue, torrents
water rich and a mild climate;
summer shall show the trees dressed
with a luxurious green mantle rich of a thousand shades;
in autumn shall explode in all their
beauty the yellow, the red, the dark, the brown of the beech and of
the winter, at last, shall
enrich these beautiful places with ice arabesques, while a blanket
of snow shall sweeten further the mountains profiles.
The rich vegetation, the environment, the landscape, the magnificent
panoramic points of the local woods, are the antithesis,
what could be farter, from the more common image of Sicily, parched by the sun.
The bronte's woods of the Etna and Nebrodi parks are localities of
exiting excursions in a nature still alive and uncontaminated.
The vegetal landscape, variable and complex, is rich of smell,
sounds, fruits and flavors, nowadays forgotten in the frenetic
running of modern life.