Cervia saltpans

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A former lagoon on the north-eastern Adriatic coast near the town of Cervia, now isolated from the sea as an active saltpan. The area is bounded by two canals and is surrounded by agricultural land.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding and wintering waders, and for non-breeding Egretta garzetta, Recurvirostra avosetta and gulls Larus. A total of 10,704 waterbirds were recorded in January 1994. Breeding data were collected during 1990-1994, wintering data in winter 1990/1991 and in January 1992, 1993 and 1994, while counts of passage birds refer to spring 1991.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The management of water-levels during salt-extraction activities affects the breeding success of waders. All of the site is covered by a management plan. Waterbirds are censused in midwinter and while breeding.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial785 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Salina di Cervia, 785 ha). 765 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Riserva Naturale Salina di Cervia, 765 ha). 785 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Saline di Cervia, 785 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cervia saltpans. Downloaded from on 10/08/2022.