Iseo peatlands

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Freshwater pools formed by peat-cutting in the pre-Alps, south of Lago d'Iseo. The pools are fringed by reedbeds, wet meadows and woodlands. Most of the peat was extracted after the Second World War. The main land-uses are nature conservation and recreation activities.

Key biodiversity
A breeding and wintering site for waterbirds and reedbed passerines.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main problems are posed by poor control over recreational activities, and over water management in the surrounding area (`Other' threat), as well as water pollution from domestic and agricultural sources. Some or all of the site is covered by a management plan. Research on breeding bird populations is carried out regularly.

Protected areas
National High International High325 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Reserve (Torbiere d'Iseo, 325 ha). 325 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Valli del Mincio, Paludi di Ostiglia, Torbiere d'Iseo, 1,889 ha). 324 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Torbiere d'Iseo, 324 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Iseo peatlands. Downloaded from on 04/08/2021.