As for the flora, the reserve is home to Phragmites australis (known in Italy as Cannuccia palustre) and vegetation typical of humid areas, white willow, tamarisk and white poplar. Moreover, Periploca graeca and hygrophyte vegetation are also found in the area.
The Nature Reserve “Oasi della Contessa” is part of the European Natura 2000 network, it has been included in the wider Site of Community Importance “Padule di Suese and Biscottino” and has been recognized as a Special Protection Area under the EU Birds Directive. In 2016, the reserve has also been included within the larger “Selve Costiere di Toscana” Biosphere Reserve under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme.
What can you do in the Oasi della Contessa Nature Reserve? A large variety of multidisciplinary and ecologically sustainable activities for both groups and shools are available, such as guided tours, naturalistic photography, birdwatching, educational activities, workshops. You will also have the possibility to take part in one of the guided treks that are organized from time to time.