Tarquinia saltpans

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Small saltpans on the Tyrrhenian coast, close to the village of Tarquinia. The main vegetation is Salicornia bushes. The main land-use is salt extraction.

Key biodiversity
An important site for wintering waterbirds.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are intensive aquaculture projects, disturbance to birds by unauthorized entry of cars into the site, and dune erosion. Regular ornithological surveys are carried out, of wintering waterbirds and of migrating waders especially.

Protected areas
National High International High170 ha of IBA covered by State Nature Reserve (Salina di Tarquinia, 170 ha). 170 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Riserva Naturale Saline di Tarquinia, 170 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tarquinia saltpans. Downloaded from on 22/01/2021.