Oasis of the Sele - Serre Persano
- Site number:1665
- Area:174 ha
- Designation date:07-08-2003
- Coordinates:40°36'N 15°08'E
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The Oasis is an artificial basin along the Sele consisting of inundated meadows, riparian woodland, flooded forest, fens and swamps. The reservoir was created by the damming of the Sele River in the first half of the 20th century. The dominant vegetation comprises floating and emergent vegetation typical of the Mediterranean Region. The Site hosts one of the largest populations in Italy of the the European otter (Lutra lutra) and is important as a resting and nesting site for waterfowl including the threatened common pochard (Aythya ferina). It features a rich diversity of amphibians including the endangered Appenine yellow-bellied toad (Bombina pachypus). Small-scale agriculture is practiced by local residents, and there is a visitor's centre with nature trails and facilities for school visits. The Site is impacted by dam operation and invasive species.
- National legal designation:
- Regional Nature Reserve
- Regional (international) legal designations:
- EU Natura 2000
- Last publication date:08-11-2022