IT166
Biviere and Plain of Gela


Country/territory: Italy

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2002)
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Area: 41,392 ha

Protection status:

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description
A complex of coastal brackish lakes, in the south of Sicily, separated from the sea by sand-dunes. There are large reedbeds and beds of submerged waterweed (Potamogeton, Ceratophyllum). The main land-uses are grazing, water management and nature conservation.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for migrating waterbirds, especially Aythya nyroca (also breeds, min. 3 pairs), herons, Plegadis falcinellus, Platalea leucorodia, and waders.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Biviere and Plain of Gela. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/11/2019.