Lake Viverone

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A freshwater lake of glacial origin on the western Padana plain, 15 km south of the town of Biella. The site includes large reedbeds and a wet woodland (Alnus). Tourism is the main human activity.

Key biodiversity
An important site for migrating and wintering waterbirds (up to 15,000 in winter) and for breeding reedbed passerines. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (max. 5 on passage).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are agricultural intensification in the surrounding land, disturbance of birds by motor boats, and the regular (and apparently deliberate) burning of reedbeds.

Protected areas
National Low International None49 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Lago di Viverone, 49 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Viverone. Downloaded from on 13/08/2022.