River Biferno

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
A hilly area in central Italy, 15 km north-east of the town of Campobasso. Habitats include a stretch of river, a man-made lake, streams, maquis, broadleaved woodlands, and large tracts of agricultural land. The main land-uses are agriculture, hunting and forestry.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (rare on passage).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is the building of infrastructure, especially new roads. Oasi Casacalenda (Wildlife Reserve) is managed by LIPU.

Protected areas
National Low International None140 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Casacalenda, 140 ha). 1,700 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Lago di Guardialfiera, 1,700 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: River Biferno. Downloaded from on 23/09/2023.