Vercelli rice-fields

Country/territory: Italy

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6 (2002)
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Area: 24,650 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description
A lowland agricultural area on the western Padana plain, south-west of the town of Vercelli, covered mainly by rice-fields. The area includes a broadleaved woodland called Bosco della Partecipanza and a wetland called Palude di San Genuario. Part of the site was listed in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989) as subsite 6 of the IBA `Heronries in the catchment of the upper Po and Sesia Rivers' (former site IT005).

Key biodiversity
A large mixed heronry (Garzaia di Montarolo) is located in Bosco della Partecipanza. The rice-fields are important for breeding and migrating waders.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vercelli rice-fields. Downloaded from on 07/02/2023.