A stretch of the River Po, including large islands of shingle and sand, together with the surrounding wooded and cultivated areas. Main land-uses are agriculture and recreation. The area includes a nuclear power station (close to the village of Caorso), not working at present.
There are two important heronries: Monticchie (or Somaglia) and Isola de Pinedo.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are posed by: agricultural intensification, with consequent drainage; filling-in of wetlands and creation of poplar Populus plantations; water pollution by agricultural activities and by untreated urban sewage from the town of Milano. Isola de Pinedo is a proposed LIPU reserve. Monticchie is a WWF reserve.
National Low International None200 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Reserve (Monticchie, 200 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Po: from Ticino mouth to Adda mouth. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 10/08/2022.