An area of mixed wetland and wooded habitats, a few kilometres from the northern Adriatic coast, north of the town of Ravenna. Punte Alberete (190 ha) is a flooded forest; Pialassa della Baiona (1,200 ha) is a brackish lagoon; Valle della Canna (260 ha) is a large reedbed; Pineta di San Vitale is a pinewood Pinus (not native, but planted in Roman times). Punte Alberete and Valle della Canna are used mainly for nature conservation, Pialassa della Baiona and Pineta di San Vitale mainly for recreation and hunting.
This is an important breeding site for a wide variety of waterbirds, notably herons and terns, and is the best breeding site in Italy for Aythya nyroca and Acrocephalus melanopogon. Winter waterbird counts refer to winters of 1993, 1994 and 1996.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Punte Alberete and Valle della Canna, Pineta San Vitale and Pialassa della Baiona. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/08/2020.