Palmas Gulf wetlands

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A complex of coastal pools, lagoons and saltpans in the south-west corner of Sardinia. The site includes Stagno di Santa Caterina, Stagno di Porto Botte, Stagno Baiocco, Saline di Sant'Antioco, Stagno di Mulargia, and Laguna di Sant'Antioco. The main activities are fishing and salt extraction.

Key biodiversity
An important wintering and breeding site for waders. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (resident).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is from the building of intensive aquaculture plants, and of a thermal spa and other tourist resorts and associated infrastructure. One of the wetlands, Stagno di Is Prunis, is polluted by industrial discharges.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Palmas Gulf wetlands. Downloaded from on 11/08/2022.