Orbetello lagoon and Burano lake

Country/territory: Italy

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 3,680 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description
Two wetlands on the Tyrrhenian coast of southern Tuscany. Orbetello lagoon is large and brackish, divided in two by a strip of land and separated from the sea by two sandbars (Tombolo di Feniglia, Tombolo della Giannella) and by the promontory of Mount Argentario. Burano is a brackish lake, parallel to the coast, 7 km south of the lagoon. The main land-uses are nature conservation and aquaculture (the latter in Orbetello lagoon).

Key biodiversity
An important site for wintering waterbirds (more than 20,000 on a regular basis, e.g. 21,691 in January 1994), notably for Phoenicopterus ruber, and a key site for Numenius tenuirostris.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Orbetello lagoon and Burano lake. Downloaded from on 05/02/2023.