Rush stands

The importance of the reed bed.

It’s very important for a lot of species: the submerse areas are a place where lots of fishes lay their eggs, like Tench e scardole. The areas that emerge are a place where birds can make their nests. Ducks, great crested grebes, little grebes and moorhens use it for anchoring their nests and as a building material.


The reed bed is the central piece of the Reserve’s landscape. It’s a characteristic specie of rive low waters.

It’s formed mainly by the Common Reed (Phragmites australis), a big size plant common in wet areas.

Its diffusion is linked to its adaptability to develop in almost every environment of the Reserve. It occupies almost 70 hectares. You can also find other species like cattail, bulrush or fern.

To marsh harrier and the red heron, the Torbiere offers the only nesting site in the province of Brescia. Aside from its importance for the preservation of biodiversity, reed bed has a “purifying” purpose, essential for the cleaning of waters.

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