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San Giuliano Reserve

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[edit] Overview

The large artificial lake of San Giuliano and some of the surrounding countryside is a WWF reserve and the area boasts a good range of habitats.

As well as the lake and the River Bradano that feeds it, there are rocky areas and woodland, plantations, farmed land and scrub.

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In spring species such as Black-winged Stilt and Pied Avocet are attracted to the lake, and a range of herons can also be seen including Black-crowned Night Heron, Squacco Heron and Purple Heron and Great White Egret.

Raptors include both kites and Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard and Common Kestrel, Osprey, and sometimes Egyptian Vulture which has bred but occurs mainly as a scarce migrant.

Other regular spring migrants are the colourful European Roller, Hoopoe and European Bee-eater. The nearby town of Matera is well-known for its breeding colony of Lesser Kestrel.

Midsummer sees fewer birds but with autumn approaching duck numbers begin to build up and thousands are present in winter. Mallard, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal and Common Pochard are most numerous but other species such as Gadwall, Northern Pintail and Ferruginous Duck are regular in small numbers. Great Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe and Grey Heron also occur in large numbers in winter.

Scarcer migrants seen in autumn include Glossy Ibis and storks and terns of various species are regular. Passage waders can include Greenshank and Green Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit.

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Birds you can see here include:

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Great Cormorant, Black-crowned Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black Stork, White Stork, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Common Goldeneye, Red Kite, Black Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Western Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Osprey, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet, Kentish Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, Green Woodpecker, Greater Short-toed Lark, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike

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[edit] Site Information

Passage periods are generally the most productive times and about 170 species have been recorded in the area.

[edit] History and Use

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[edit] Access and Facilities

To reach this reserve head for Matera on the E844 road from Naples or from Bari on the S96. At Matera take the S7 to Ferrandina, turning off left after 10km to follow signs for the WWF reserve. There is a visitor centre and guided tours are available.

Accommodation is available in the town of Matera.

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Content and images originally posted by Steve


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