Trappola Marshland - Ombrone River Mouth

Trappola marsh
Overview Trappola marsh
Glasswort and Limonium
Trappola Beach

Trappola Marshland - Ombrone River Mouth

  • Country: 
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    536 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    42°40'N 11°01'E
Materials presented on this website, particularly maps and territorial information, are as-is and as-available based on available data and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


Trappola Marshland - Ombrone River Mouth, located on the Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany, represents one of the last remnants of a partly salty and partly freshwater complex of wetlands and sandy dunes. The landscape includes the mouth of the Ombrone River and coastal wetlands bordered by the sea. The Site is a relict example of wetlands which maintains a remarkable biodiversity value. The dunal-interdunal system generates a mosaic of different habitats, including an alternation of permanently and seasonally flooded areas. It is a semi-natural landscape which has been modified by variations of the coastline and by anthropogenic reclamation activities such as water canalization, pastoral use, reforestation and tillage. The Site also includes a pine forest of anthropogenic origin and is characterized by sporadic non-intensive agriculture such as free-ranging cattle grazing. It has a very important ecological role because its diverse habitats support rare plant species and a large number of animal species, particularly birds, with many of international, national and regional importance. The Site is also very important for maintaining the biological diversity of Tyrrhenian coastal wetlands, especially concerning birds, of which more than 150 species are present or migrate to the area.

Administrative region: 
Tuscany Region

  • National legal designation: 
    • National decree for designating Ramsar site (DM 21.10.3013) - Trappola marshland - Ombrone River mouth
    • Regional Park - Maremma Regional Park
    • SIR - SIR 114 - Pineta Granducale dell'Uccellina
    • SIR/ZPS - SIR 113/ZPS A113 - Padule della Trappola e Bocca d'Ombrone
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
  • Last publication date: 


Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)