An area on the Adriatic coast in southern Italy, about 10 km east of the town of Lecce. It is a mosaic of beaches, sand-dunes, maquis, freshwater and brackish pools, olive-groves and arable land. The main land-uses are nature conservation and agriculture.
A notable site for migrating and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (max. 3, winter).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Dune erosion is the main threat. The site is a WWF reserve. Some or all of the site is covered by a management plan. Birds are monitored and ringed. There are wetland-restoration projects, financed by regional and EU funds.
National Partial International High348 ha of IBA covered by State Nature Reserve (La Cesine, 348 ha). 620 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Le Cesine, 620 ha). 620 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Le Cesine, 620 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Le Cesine. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 24/09/2020.