Manfredonia Gulf wetlands

Country/territory: Italy

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 8,000 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description
A complex of brackish wetlands along the southern Adriatic coast, between the town of Manfredonia and the village of Margherita di Savoia. Carapelle-San Floriano is a complex of small ponds scattered across a drained agricultural area, usually managed as game reserves or fish-farms. Saline di Margherita di Savoia is a large active saltpan. Alma Dannata is a lagoon used for fish-farming. Paludi del Candelaro e Cervaro is the remains of what was formerly the largest wetland, dominated by reedbeds (Daunia Risi) and by Salicornia bushes (Frattarolo). The whole complex is surrounded by cultivated land.

Key biodiversity
A very important site for many wintering and migrating waterbird species and for some breeding waders and terns. This is a key site for Numenius tenuirostris on passage and in winter. The total number of waterbirds in January 1993 and 1994 was 26,775 and 33,152.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Manfredonia Gulf wetlands. Downloaded from on 12/08/2022.