Uccellina mountains, Trappola marshes and Ombrone mouth

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The site comprises wooded hills, mainly covered by Pinus and maquis (Monti dell'Uccellina), as well as a large brackish marsh (Stagni della Trappola) with very little vegetation, mainly Salicornia, and a river mouth (Bocca d'Ombrone) on the Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany, about 10 km south of the town of Grosseto. Habitats also include rocky sea cliffs and sand beaches. The main land-use is nature conservation.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for wintering waterbirds (especially Anser anser) and is a key non-breeding site for Numenius tenuirostris.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Important threats are: coastal erosion; the disturbance of breeding and wintering birds by tourists who walk among the sand-dunes; the poor water-quality of the Ombrone river, which affects Stagni della Trappola (`Other' threat); and overgrazing, which threatens Burhinus oedicnemus. Some or all of the site is covered by a management plan.

Protected areas
National High International Unknown5,670 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Park (Maremma, 9,800 ha). Overlaps with SPA.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Uccellina mountains, Trappola marshes and Ombrone mouth. Downloaded from on 29/01/2022.