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.
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.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ticino river. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/03/2021.