Gran Sasso d'Italia

Country/territory: Italy

IBA criteria met: A3, B2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 75,000 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description (baseline)
The highest area in the Apennines. Montane habitats include alpine meadows, rocky areas, glaciers and extensive beech woodlands (Fagus). The site includes Lago di Penne, a small artificial lake. The main land-uses are nature conservation and tourism.

Key biodiversity
An important breeding site for four of the 10 species of the Eurasian high-montane biome, and for Alectoris graeca as well as various raptors, passerines, and Nycticorax nycticorax at Lago di Penne.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gran Sasso d'Italia. Downloaded from on 10/06/2023.