Mine in Santa Severa (Roma)

View of the mine (2010), located within a 'Site of Community Importance'. (Photo: )

This is a small mine that produces a very valuable material: kaolin. Until a few years ago it could be seen from the Aurelia in the direction of Sasso di Cerveteri. It was marked by a small light spot on the green background of a ridge. Now it is no longer seen because the visible part of the slope has overgrown in a successful recovery. New Mediterranean bushes such as the buckthorn, mock privet, hawthorn, blackthorn and laurel have been planted. Stumps of wild plants such as strawberry trees, holm oak and ash, have also been retrieved, taken from areas of woodland within the mining concession. The plants are first pruned, to balance the aerial part with the radical one, which is invariably reduced by excavation. Then, paying careful attention, a large trench is dug around the tree, and finally, the clod of earth with the roots is extracted. Hundreds of plants have been saved in this way and have started to grow again when planted. In this way, along with the explanted tree, we also introduced into the restored area, the woodland soil with its load of life: mushrooms, decomposers of litter, small animals such as snails, seeds of herbs and plants and much more. This has accelerated the biotic activation of the topsoil that was laid onto the mineral layer for the recovery operation. The introduced plants have formed a truly tangled scrub-land, very similar to the natural surrounding one, and the wild animals now have free access. Inside the "SIC" a pair of very rare Lanner Falcons (Falco biarmicus) nest, demonstrating that the conservation of nature is compatible with the mining activity.


Technical data sheet

Technical data sheet of the mine in Santa Severa (Roma)



Preparation of a new terrace to be revived (2010).    Piles of material ready to be loaded.

Spreading of topsoil.    A stretch of restored land after three years, already strengthened (2009).

Some species of Mediterranean bush shrubs of have been planted for their edible fruit, highly prized by birds.    The geonet has favored the growth of grass (2004).

A restoration of a decade ago (2010).    A hornet's nest of stones to allow the drainage of a water source (2003).

The upper part of the mine, where restorations have been a complete success (2008).    Preparation of the slope for planned renaturalization (2008).

The redstart (Phoenichurus phoenichurus), feeds gladly on small berries.

A small butterfly against the light.

The kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) hunts small animals within the restored areas.



Visualizza GMM Santa Severa in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori