Ticino river

Country/territory: Italy

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6 (2002)
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Area: 28,575 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description (baseline)
A lowland wooded area on the west Padana plain, with small freshwater wetlands and cultivated areas, along the valley of the Ticino river, a tributary of the River Po. The main land-uses are agriculture, nature conservation and recreational activities.

Key biodiversity
There are three main heronries: Cascina Portalupa, La Zelata and San Massimo, all of which were listed in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989) as subsites 3-5 of the former site IT023, `Heronries close to Pavia and the catchment of the Fiume Ticino'. Counts for Nycticorax nycticorax and Egretta garzetta refer to the period 1990-1995.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ticino river. Downloaded from on 09/06/2023.