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The Nature Reserve of Punta Aderci (o Punta d'Erce) is a protected natural area of Abruzzo, established in 1998.

Covering 2.85 square kilometres, including the entire city of Vasto. It stretches along the Adriatic coast to the north of the Port of Vasto up to the mouth of the river Sinello, where you can discover the only hardwood forest in the reserve. 

In the reserve, the flat areas are more populated; with the agricultural landscape being more traditional, with vineyards, olive groves and grass fields.  The most interesting natural area is the the beach of Punta Penna. The promontory of Punta Aderci (26 m above sea level) offers a 360° view of the entire reserve. From Punta Aderci one can enjoy the Majella National Park and, on a clear day, the National Park in Gran Sasso.

Flora

Among the typical vegetation of the sandy shores are the ravastrello, the ammofila sandstone, the caltrop marina, the Xanthium italicum, the spurge of the beaches, the yellow poppy, myrtle, Salsola, the sea lily, fennel and buckthorn broom.

In some caves of Punta Aderci it is possible to see the Halymenia floresia, considered the most beautiful red seaweed in the Mediterranean.

Fauna

Off the coast of reserve, there are the dolphins of the genus Stenella or the bottlenose dolphin, as well as several other marine species typical of the Adriatic Sea.

Avifauna: birdwatchers can see, in addition to the fratino symbol of the reserve, greater flamingo, heron, black-winged stilt, black-crowned night heron, squacco heron, little bittern, little egret, european bee-eater, common kingfisher, great tit, african stonechat, crested lark, Streaked Fantail Warbler, Sardinian Warbler and the common whitethroat; the birds of prey are kestrels, sparrow-hawks and buzzards.

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