An alluvial plain formed by the Sele river, between Monti Alburni and Monti Picentini. A dam on the river has created an artificial lake which is fringed by wet riparian woodland. Other habitats include maquis, broadleaved woodland, grassland and arable fields. The main land-use is nature conservation.
A notable site for breeding and staging waterbirds. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (6-8 pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There are no major threats. The site is managed as a reserve by WWF-Italia, and is covered by a management plan. There are ongoing projects to reintroduce Aythya nyroca, to conserve Eurasian otter Lutra lutra, and to ring migrating passerines.
National High International None300 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (Serre Persano, 300 ha).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Sele middle valley. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 23/03/2023.