Pantani di Vendicari e di Capo Passero

Country/territory: Italy

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2002)
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Area: 3,397 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description
A complex of brackish coastal wetlands, in the south-east corner of Sicily, around the village of Pachino. It includes two groups of lakes: Vendicari (Pantano Piccolo, Pantano Grande, Pantano Roveto), south of the town of Noto, and Pachino (Pantano Morghello, Salina di Marzameni, Pantano Pontenio, Pantano Baronello, Pantano Auruca, Pantano Cannone, Pantano Cuba, Pantano Longarini, Pantano Bruno, Pantano Arezzi).

Key biodiversity
A very important site for migrating waterbirds (regularly more than 20,000 present in total), including large numbers of waders. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (max. 10, winter), Larus audouinii (max. 25 non-breeding birds).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pantani di Vendicari e di Capo Passero. Downloaded from on 03/02/2023.