River Mincio and Bosco Fontana

Country/territory: Italy

IBA criteria met: C2, C6 (2002)
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Area: 3,840 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description (baseline)
A river and its surroundings on the Padana plain, bordering the town of Mantova. The site is rich in freshwater wetland habitat, large reedbeds and areas of open water (Valli del Mincio) close to the river, while agricultural land and broadleaved forests (Bosco Fontana) predominate in the surroundings. Agriculture is the main human activity.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding, migrating and wintering waterbirds. There is a large colony of tree-nesting herons (Garolda) and a colony of Chlidonias niger (Valli del Mincio). There used to be a large number of breeding Milvus migrans (min. 30 pairs), mostly at Bosco Fontana, until the 1980s. Counts for heronries refer to the 1990-1995 period.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: River Mincio and Bosco Fontana. Downloaded from on 07/06/2023.