Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A coastal area of sand-dunes, grasslands and small brackish pools. Most of the site is now cultivated but, after heavy rains or influxes of seawater, the fields are flooded and temporary pools are created. The area had been largely drained by the mid-1980s.

Key biodiversity
For many migrating waterbirds this is the only stop-over site along the Adriatic coast between the Gargano promontory and the wetland complexes of the Emilia Romagna region.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There are many important threats: disturbance of birds due to the frequent presence of people (even for illegal activities); projects to develop tourist resorts in the area; pools dry up in the absence of the water management that was formerly done by hunters' associations. The area is a wildlife reserve, designated by the provincial authority, and thus hunting is now forbidden. The site is a proposed `Important Flora Area' at the regional level. There have been scattered bird counts by LIPU, and in 1998 LIPU started a bird-ringing scheme at the site.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sentina. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.