Two wetlands on the Tyrrhenian coast of southern Tuscany. Orbetello lagoon is large and brackish, divided in two by a strip of land and separated from the sea by two sandbars (Tombolo di Feniglia, Tombolo della Giannella) and by the promontory of Mount Argentario. Burano is a brackish lake, parallel to the coast, 7 km south of the lagoon. The main land-uses are nature conservation and aquaculture (the latter in Orbetello lagoon).
An important site for wintering waterbirds (more than 20,000 on a regular basis, e.g. 21,691 in January 1994), notably for Phoenicopterus ruber, and a key site for Numenius tenuirostris.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Orbetello lagoon and Burano lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/10/2021.