LIPU Reserve

Sale Porcus (VA)

Tel. 0783/211058

Sale Porcus


This salt lagoon, with an area of 325 hectares, is recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar convention, being the largest example of its type in Europe.


Sale Porcus is now a famous site for one of the largest populations of Greater Flamingos in the Mediterranean region. It is a connecting link between their breeding areas in Africa and the shallow lagoons of the Camargue; in winter there can be more than 8000 flamingos here. Moreover, Sale Porcus is one of the few wetlands in Italy where Shelduck and Slender-billed Gulls breed.

Other wildlife

Situated within the area of wetlands of the Sinis peninsula, Sale Porcus regularly attracts thousands of water birds during migration: ducks, herons, waders, terns and gulls. The shallow lagoons support a huge quantity of aquatic crustaceans, food for flamingos and many other birds.
Since 1981, LIPU has managed Sale Porcus Reserve in collaboration with the Commune of San Vero Milis. In 1983 it was declared a Natural Reserve by the Region of Sardinia, who entrusted LIPU with the responsibility of managing habitat and education.

Facilities and Visits

Major facilities are in the process of construction, however two observation hides have already been completed. Visits are best in winter and spring; they must be booked with the LIPU office in Oristano, tel: 0783/ 211058.