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Brabbia peatland, Lake Varese and Lake Biandronno


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2002 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 1996-2001 1-6 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC winter 1999-2001 10-24 individuals C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1999-2001 20-24 breeding pairs C6
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea LC breeding 1995-2001 7-21 breeding pairs C6
Black Kite Milvus migrans LC breeding 1999-2001 15-16 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2002).


IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Riserva naturale Palude Brabbia Riserva naturale regionale/provinciale 459 protected area overlaps with site 459
Riserva naturale Lago di Biandronno Riserva naturale regionale/provinciale 128 protected area overlaps with site 128
Palude Brabbia Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 459 protected area overlaps with site 459
Palude Brabbia Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 460 protected area overlaps with site 415
Palude Brabbia Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 460 protected area overlaps with site 0
Lago di Varese Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,738 protected area overlaps with site 1,639
Lago di Biandronno Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 134 protected area overlaps with site 134
Alnete del Lago di Varese Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 296 protected area overlaps with site 193

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Forestry plantations -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Brabbia peatland, Lake Varese and Lake Biandronno. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/brabbia-peatland-lake-varese-and-lake-biandronno-iba-italy on 27/02/2024.