A complex of brackish coastal wetlands, in the south-east corner of Sicily, around the village of Pachino. It includes two groups of lakes: Vendicari (Pantano Piccolo, Pantano Grande, Pantano Roveto), south of the town of Noto, and Pachino (Pantano Morghello, Salina di Marzameni, Pantano Pontenio, Pantano Baronello, Pantano Auruca, Pantano Cannone, Pantano Cuba, Pantano Longarini, Pantano Bruno, Pantano Arezzi).
A very important site for migrating waterbirds (regularly more than 20,000 present in total), including large numbers of waders. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (max. 10, winter), Larus audouinii (max. 25 non-breeding birds).
National High International Partial1,512 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Reserve (Oasi Faunistica di Vendicari, 1,512 ha). 1,385 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Reserve (Pantani Sicilia S. O., 1,385 ha). 1,450 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Pantani di Vendicari, 1,450 ha). 1,450 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Vendicari, 1,450 ha).
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