Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island
Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre has been part of the Tentative list of Italy.
The Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre are a series of ponds and an island located midway along the west coast of Sardinia. Declared to be wetlands of international importance, birdlife that can be observed include the Sardinian Warbler and Purple Gallinule, as well as flocks of flamingoes, egrets and spoonbills. Alongside the exceptional natural value, the complex also encloses, in a largely still intact landscape, ancient archaeological sites and precious evidence of long-lasting human settlements.
Map of Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula islandLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
I visited the coastal ponds in the Bay of Oristano in March 2017. I drove to different vantage points as close as possible to the scattered salt works and ponds mentioned in the nomination dossier to be able to spot a variety of birds and in terms of birdlife I wasn't disappointed. Some highlights were the Sardinian Warbler and Purple Gallinule, together with the flocks of flamingoes, egrets and spoonbills.
That said, even though all the ponds mentioned in the nomination dossier are considered to be Ramsar wetlands of international importance, the comparison made with the inscribed Donana NP in Spain or the tentative WHS of Camargue in France is quite far fetched both in terms of size and bird numbers. The area I spent most time in was the pond (stagno) of Sale e' Porcus near San Vero Milis. Be on the lookout for irrigation canals as most birdlife tends to hide there.
NB: try to avoid visiting in summer as most ponds tend to dry out completely with not much to see apart from salt covered basins! In winter, around January, you'll definitely be able to see hundreds of cranes, especially around the area of Stagno di Sale e' Porcus.
2021 Removed from Tentative List
Includes former TWHS Ponds of Cabras (1982) and natural parts of former TWHS Stagni e siti archeologici del Golfo di Oristano, Isola Maluventu (2002)
2006 Added to Tentative List
The site has 13 locations