Marchesato and River Neto

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A low, dry area of hills in southern Italy, facing the Ionian Sea, north-west of the town of Crotone and crossed by the Neto river. The site is rich in rocky areas and small villages. The main land-use is agriculture. The site incorporates an IBA that was listed separately in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989), `Foce del Fiume Neto' (former site IT106).

Key biodiversity
The area inland is important for breeding and migrating raptors while the coastal lagoons support high numbers of non-breeding waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (1-10 on passage).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The most important threats are illegal hunting, and disturbance to birds.

Protected areas
National Low International None1,500 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Foce del fiume Neto, 1,500 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marchesato and River Neto. Downloaded from on 30/06/2022.