Database release:

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)



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1.1 Type


1.2 Site code


1.3 Site name

Saline di Molentargius

1.4 First Compilation date


1.5 Update date


1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Regione Autonoma della Sardegna - Assessorato della difesa dell'ambiente - Servizio Tutela della Natura
Address:  Comune di Cagliari  80  Regione Autonoma della Sardegna - Assessorato della difesa dell'Ambiente  Cagliari    09123  Via Roma

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:2009-07
National legal reference of SPA designationDeliberazione della Giunta Regionale della Sardegna n. 9/17 del 07/03/2007; Determinazione del Direttore del Servizio Tutela della Natura della Regione Sardegna n. 1699 del 19/11/2007


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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:


2.2 Area [ha]


2.3 Marine area [%]


2.4 Sitelength [km]:


2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Mediterranean (100.00 %)


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3.1 Habitat types present on the site and assessment for them

Annex I Habitat types Site assessment
Code PF NP Cover [ha] Cave [number] Data quality A|B|C|D A|B|C
      RepresentativityRelative SurfaceConservationGlobal
1150  info      412  0.00 
1310  info      0.0705  0.00       
1410  info      19.04  0.00 
1420  info      19.04  0.00 
1430  info      26.14  0.00 
1510  info      6.35  0.00 
3150  info      13.07  0.00 
  • PF: for the habitat types that can have a non-priority as well as a priority form (6210, 7130, 9430) enter "X" in the column PF to indicate the priority form.
  • NP: in case that a habitat type no longer exists in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Cover: decimal values can be entered
  • Caves: for habitat types 8310, 8330 (caves) enter the number of caves if estimated surface is not available.
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation)

3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
BA293Acrocephalus melanopogon                 
BA293Acrocephalus melanopogon                 
BA229Alcedo atthis                 
BA229Alcedo atthis                 
F1152Aphanius fasciatus                 
BA029Ardea purpurea       
BA029Ardea purpurea           
BA024Ardeola ralloides           
BA024Ardeola ralloides    15     
BA024Ardeola ralloides           
BA222Asio flammeus                 
BA222Asio flammeus                 
BA060Aythya nyroca           
BA060Aythya nyroca    23     
BA021Botaurus stellaris                 
BA021Botaurus stellaris                 
BA138Charadrius alexandrinus           
BA138Charadrius alexandrinus    16  63     
BA138Charadrius alexandrinus           
BA196Chlidonias hybridus                 
BA197Chlidonias niger                 
BA081Circus aeruginosus           
BA081Circus aeruginosus    18  23     
BA027Egretta alba             
BA027Egretta alba                 
BA026Egretta garzetta                 
BA026Egretta garzetta    20  44           
BA026Egretta garzetta    20  100           
R1220Emys orbicularis                 
BA103Falco peregrinus                 
BA103Falco peregrinus                 
BA189Gelochelidon nilotica                 
BA189Gelochelidon nilotica    20  69           
BA131Himantopus himantopus    30  117     
BA131Himantopus himantopus           
BA131Himantopus himantopus    57  105     
BA022Ixobrychus minutus             
BA022Ixobrychus minutus             
BA022Ixobrychus minutus                 
BA181Larus audouinii    17     
BA181Larus audouinii           
BA181Larus audouinii    64     
BA180Larus genei           
BA180Larus genei    216     
BA180Larus genei    1520  2460     
BA272Luscinia svecica                 
BA272Luscinia svecica                 
BA023Nycticorax nycticorax                 
BA023Nycticorax nycticorax                 
BA023Nycticorax nycticorax    10           
BA094Pandion haliaetus           
BA094Pandion haliaetus           
P1395Petalophyllum ralfsii    70     
BA151Philomachus pugnax                 
BA035Phoenicopterus ruber    800  2965     
BA035Phoenicopterus ruber           
BA035Phoenicopterus ruber    730  4600     
BA034Platalea leucorodia    23     
BA034Platalea leucorodia           
BA032Plegadis falcinellus                 
BA032Plegadis falcinellus                 
BA124Porphyrio porphyrio    50  70     
BA132Recurvirostra avosetta    70  105     
BA132Recurvirostra avosetta    46     
BA132Recurvirostra avosetta           
BA195Sterna albifrons    30  211     
BA195Sterna albifrons           
BA193Sterna hirundo           
BA193Sterna hirundo    175  314     
BA191Sterna sandvicensis    37           
BA191Sterna sandvicensis                 
BA301Sylvia sarda                 
BA302Sylvia undata                 
BA302Sylvia undata                 
BA302Sylvia undata                 
R1217Testudo hermanni                 
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)


Population in the site


Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
A298Acrocephalus arundinaceus                 
A295Acrocephalus schoenobaenus                 
A297Acrocephalus scirpaceus                 
A168Actitis hypoleucos             
A247Alauda arvensis                 
A054Anas acuta             
A056Anas clypeata             
A056Anas clypeata    962  1573         
A052Anas crecca    140  453         
A050Anas penelope      20         
A053Anas platyrhynchos    55  173         
A053Anas platyrhynchos    18  42         
A051Anas strepera             
A051Anas strepera    14  38         
A043Anser anser                 
A257Anthus pratensis                 
A259Anthus spinoletta                 
A226Apus apus                 
A028Ardea cinerea    45  204         
A218Athene noctua                 
A059Aythya ferina    60  91         
A059Aythya ferina    160  535         
A061Aythya fuligula    44  159         
A025Bubulcus ibis    30         
A025Bubulcus ibis    90         
1201Bufo viridis                 
A087Buteo buteo                 
A144Calidris alba               
A149Calidris alpina      33           
A143Calidris canutus                   
A147Calidris ferruginea                   
A145Calidris minuta    96  450           
A146Calidris temminckii                   
A366Carduelis cannabina                 
A364Carduelis carduelis                 
A365Carduelis spinus                 
A288Cettia cetti                 
2437Chalcides chalcides                   
1274Chalcides ocellatus                 
A136Charadrius dubius             
A136Charadrius dubius           
A137Charadrius hiaticula    20         
A363Chloris chloris                 
A350Corvus corax                 
A212Cuculus canorus                 
A253Delichon urbica                 
A383Emberiza calandra                 
A381Emberiza schoeniclus                 
A269Erithacus rubecula                 
A096Falco tinnunculus                 
A322Ficedula hypoleuca                   
A125Fulica atra    199  583         
A125Fulica atra    42  95         
A153Gallinago gallinago      13         
A123Gallinula chloropus    189  283         
A123Gallinula chloropus    140  220         
A130Haematopus ostralegus                 
5668Hemorrhois hippocrepis               
5670Hierophis viridiflavus                 
A252Hirundo daurica                 
A251Hirundo rustica                 
1204Hyla sarda               
A233Jynx torquilla                 
A341Lanius senator             
A459Larus cachinnans    62  393           
A459Larus cachinnans             
A183Larus fuscus      11           
A179Larus ridibundus    829  2119         
A156Limosa limosa                 
A292Locustella luscinioides                 
A271Luscinia megarhynchos                 
A152Lymnocryptes minimus                   
A230Merops apiaster                 
A262Motacilla alba                 
A261Motacilla cinerea                 
A260Motacilla flava                 
A319Muscicapa striata                 
2467Natrix maura                   
A058Netta rufina             
A160Numenius arquata                 
A158Numenius phaeopus                   
A277Oenanthe oenanthe                 
A355Passer hispaniolensis                 
A356Passer montanus                 
A391Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis    68  839         
A273Phoenicurus ochruros                 
A274Phoenicurus phoenicurus                 
A315Phylloscopus collybita                 
A316Phylloscopus trochilus                   
A141Pluvialis squatarola               
1250Podarcis sicula                 
1246Podarcis tiliguerta                 
A005Podiceps cristatus             
A005Podiceps cristatus             
A008Podiceps nigricollis    130         
A266Prunella modularis                 
A118Rallus aquaticus           
A318Regulus ignicapillus                 
A317Regulus regulus                 
A336Remiz pendulinus                 
A249Riparia riparia                 
Salicornia patula                   
A275Saxicola rubetra                 
A276Saxicola torquatus                 
A361Serinus serinus                 
A209Streptopelia decaocto                 
A352Sturnus unicolor                 
A311Sylvia atricapilla                 
A310Sylvia borin                 
A304Sylvia cantillans                 
A303Sylvia conspicillata                 
A305Sylvia melanocephala                 
A004Tachybaptus ruficollis    32  58         
A004Tachybaptus ruficollis    73  211         
A228Tachymarptis melba                 
A048Tadorna tadorna    21  83         
A048Tadorna tadorna           
A161Tringa erythropus             
A164Tringa nebularia             
A165Tringa ochropus               
A163Tringa stagnatilis               
A162Tringa totanus      15         
A283Turdus merula                 
A285Turdus philomelos                 
A213Tyto alba                 
A232Upupa epops                 
A142Vanellus vanellus    36           
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, Fu = Fungi, I = Invertebrates, L = Lichens, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • CODE: for Birds, Annex IV and V species the code as provided in the reference portal should be used in addition to the scientific name
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting, (see reference portal)
  • Cat.: Abundance categories: C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present
  • Motivation categories: IV, V: Annex Species (Habitats Directive), A: National Red List data; B: Endemics; C: International Conventions; D: other reasons


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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover

Total Habitat Cover


Other Site Characteristics

Trattasi di un sistema acquatico derivato da uno stagno di retrospiaggia e utilizzato come vasche evaporanti di una salina parzialmente in disuso. La sua superficie è ormai racchiusa dall'abitato della città di Cagliari e dal suo hinterland (Pirri, Monserrato, Quartu S. Elena) e dalla spiaggia del Poetto. Le acque marine vengono immesse nel sistema mediante una apposita idrovora.

4.2 Quality and importance

Il bacino lacustre si trova inserito in un contesto urbano chiuso, presenta pertanto una rarità ambientale nel bacino del Mediterraneo. Sono interessanti le formazioni vegetazionali legate all'ecosistema salmastro dove si ritrovano le formazioni alofile di piante perenni camefitiche succulente che delimitano le zone afitoiche del deserto del sale, in particolare Halopeplis amplexicaulis, esclusiva del Sito in Sardegna. I settori sommersi dello stagno ospitano invece la vegetazione a Ruppia. Sito di importanza internazionale in base alla convenzione "Ramsar", per l'avifauna.

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

4.4 Ownership (optional)

Any Public0
Joint or Co-Ownership0

4.5 Documentation

Bibliografia: R.A.S. - Assessorato Difesa Ambiente - S.A.V.I., 2008-2009. Realizzazione del sistema di monitoraggio dello stato di conservazione degli habitat e delle specie di interesse comunitario della Regione Autonoma della Sardegna


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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
IT41Stagno di Molentargius e territori limitrofi*81.76

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Stagno di Molentargius e territori limitrofi*81.76


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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Regione Autonoma della Sardegna

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

No, but in preparation



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