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

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description (baseline)
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 (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Biviere and Plain of Gela. Downloaded from on 09/06/2023.