A modest 180 hectares of land, a short strip of just over 1.5 kilometers on the Adriatic coastline: the Sentina Natural Reserve, in San Benedetto del Tronto, Marche, is a little treasure chest of natural wonders, a humid area inhabited by numerous and rare plant and animal species.
Almost devoid of buildings – except for a few vestiges of rural activities and of a reclamation that has almost completely ceased today – the Sentina Reserve is located north of the mouth of the Tronto, the river that marks the border between Abruzzo and Marche
Between dunes and stretches of fresh- and brackish water scattered in the small marshy prairie, you may see beautiful birds as they search for food: the black-winged stilt with its red legs, the river nightingale, the kingfisher… and between April and May, even the Kentish plover, a migratory bird that comes to this area in the spring to lay eggs on the sand (no more than three or four per brood).
But these are only a few examples of the approximately 170 bird species that live here.
The dark area you can see from the beach – a barefoot walk on the sand is the best way to get a first overview of the Reserve – is made up of green cordgrass, saltwort flowers, Salicornia shrubs, and Glycyrrhiza glabra plants – that is, liquorice.
Allow yourselves a few hours to spend here, out of this world.