Simeto mouth and middle course and Biviere di Lentini

Country/territory: Italy

IBA criteria met: A1, A4iii, B2, C1, C2, C4, C6 (2002)
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Area: 5,107 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 very high very unfavourable low
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Site description (baseline)
A complex of wetlands along the south-east coast of Sicily, around the town of Catania, and including the following sites: Biviere di Lentini, a freshwater reservoir; Foce del Simeto, a river-mouth; Traversa di Ponte Barca, a stretch of the Simeto river. There are large reedbeds at Biviere di Lentini. The main land-uses are water-resource management at Biviere di Lentini (for domestic water-supply), and nature conservation at Foce del Simeto. The surrounding areas are largely agricultural.

Key biodiversity
A very important site for waterbirds while breeding (especially Aythya nyroca and herons), migrating (e.g. Plegadis falcinellus, Platalea leucorodia) and wintering. The site holds more than 20,000 waterbirds on a regular basis, with Larus ridibundus especially common in winter.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Simeto mouth and middle course and Biviere di Lentini. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.