Caorle lagoon

Country/territory: Italy

IBA criteria met: C6 (2002)
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Area: 6,884 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description (2000 baseline)
A large, brackish lagoon complex on the west coast of the northern Adriatic, between the larger Venice lagoon and the lagoon of Grado and Marano. The lagoon is used for fish-farming and for hunting. The surroundings are mainly large, cultivated fields on claimed land. Main land-uses are fishing (especially fish-farming), hunting and agriculture.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding herons and wintering waterbirds. The average number of wintering waterbirds during 1993-1996 was 18,800. Wintering species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (max. 50, but that was in 1975), Aquila clanga (1).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Caorle lagoon. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023.