ORIENTED NATURAL RESERVE “FOCE DEL FIUME PLATANI”
The Oriented Natural Reserve “Foce del fiume Platani” is a protected natural area of Sicily, established to protect this amazing part of its coast. The reserve covers about 206 hectares and intersects the mouth of the Platani River, in the territories of Ribera and Cattolica Eraclea. Besides the beaches at the mouth of the Platani River, recommended by the Guida Blu by Legambiente, it offers wonderful vegetation. The characteristic psammophilous dune vegetation is found next to the pine tree grove and at the mouth of the river, and it consists of grass and shrub species that favour the build-up of dunes, which protect the green from the salt and the strong winds. As with regard to the fauna, the reserve hosts many species of birds, both sedentary and migratory. Herons and black-winged stilts, for instance, are numerous, especially during the migration season, as they freshen up in the waters of the Platani River. A visit to this splendid reserve is certainly an unforgettable experience.