The Regional natural park of Salina di Punta della Contessa is a protected area near the city of Brindisi. Between Capo di Torre Cavallo and Punta Contessa. A regional nature park since 2002. The area contains a series of coastal basins that, fed by channels and springs of fresh water from inland, are strongly affected by the nearness of the sea, from which they are separated by a thin sand strip. The site is split up into two main wetlands: “Salina Vecchia”, the more extensive (about 165 hectares), transformed in the northern sector into a semi-intensive fish-farming basin, and “Salinella”, slightly smaller, which is entirely container within a military zone which acts as a firing range for the Military Air Force.
Birds are present in many periods of the year, but prevalently during the period of migration and wintering, many ducks, herons, waders and diving birds. Like Eurasian Spoonbill, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Kentish Plover, Red Knot, Yellow-legged Gull, Eurasian Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Ruff and European Marsh Harrier. Also numerous open area passerines such as Eurasian Skylark, Corn Bunting, Whinchat, various finches, wagtails, and Northern Wheatear.
The city of Brindisi which is in charge of the area, has, over the past few years, set up trails and observation huts.