A complex of brackish coastal wetlands and saltpans around Cagliari in south Sardinia. It includes the following sites: Stagno di Cagliari, Saline di Quartu, Saline di Macchiareddu, Laguna di Santa Gilla, and Stagno di Molentargius. The main activities are salt-extraction and fishing.
An important site for a wide variety of wintering waterbirds (30,443 on January 1993; 42,216 on January 1994) and for breeding herons, Phoenicopterus ruber, gulls and terns. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (max. 12, winter), Larus audouinii (non-breeding visitor).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cagliari wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/10/2020.