The natural setting of the site
Arenzano is located at the northernmost point of the mid-western Mediterranean basin, where the ridge of the Ligurian Apennines (north-western Italy), after running parallel to the coast, reaches its closest proximity to the sea (6 km).

The migration survey
The commonest species observed are the Short-toed Snake Eagle and the Booted Eagle during both spring and autumn. A substantial concentration of European Honey Buzzards occurs during spring migration, probably mostly heading towards the breeding areas of north-eastern Italy. As regards Short-toed Eagles and Booted Eagles, this site is located along the extremely detoured route also involving the Apuane Alps.

How to get there?
The closest airport is in Genoa where there is also an important train station.

MEDRAPTORS (Mediterranean Raptor Migration Network)

Main references

  • Agostini N., Baghino L., Vansteelant W. & Panuccio M. 2017. Age-related timing of short-toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicus migration along detoured and direct flyways. Bird Study 64: 37-44..
  • Panuccio M., Agostini N., Baghino L. & Bogliani G. 2013. Visible migration of Short-toed Snake Eagles: interplay of weather and topographical features. Journal of Raptor Research, 47: 60-68.
  • Premuda G., Baghino L., Guillossont T., Jardin M., Tirado Bernat M. & Esteller Turlo V., 2007- A remarkable case of circuitous autumn migration of the Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus through the western and central Mediterranean. Ardeola 54: 349-357.
  • Agostini N., Premuda G., Cocchi L., Molajoli R., Cardelli C., Gustin M. & Baghino L. 2006. Spring migration of Western Honey-buzzards (Pernis apivorus) along the Sardinia-Corsica corridor (Central Mediterranean). Journal of Raptor Research 40: 244-246.
  • Agostini N., Baghino L., Coleiro C., Corbi F. & Premuda G. 2002. Circuitous autumn migration in the Short- toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus). Journal of Raptor Research 36: 111-114.
  • Agostini N., Baghino L., Panuccio M. & Premuda G. 2002. A conservative strategy in migrating Short-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus). Ardeola 49: 287-291.