Stagnone di Marsala and Trapani saltpans

Country/territory: Italy

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2002)
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Area: 4,877 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description
A complex of brackish wetlands (Stagnone di Marsala), saltpans (Saline di Trapani) and islets (Isole dello Stagnone di Marsala) along the west coast of Sicily, south of the town of Trapani. The Stagnone di Marsala is one of the last remaining lagoons in Sicily. It measures 10 km (north-south) by 3 km. It has an average depth of 1 m (maximum is only 2.5 m). The principal vegetation is bushes of Salicornia and Salsola, whilst the surrounding areas are largely agricultural. The Saline di Trapani are north of the lagoon and comprise a complex of saltpans at the mouth of the Baiata river. The main land-uses are salt extraction and agriculture.

Key biodiversity
An important site for wintering and migrating waterbirds and for breeding waders and terns. Over 21,000 waders have been recorded passing through the area in spring.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Stagnone di Marsala and Trapani saltpans. Downloaded from on 31/01/2023.