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San Giuliano Reserve
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.
 Notable Species
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.
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.
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
 Other Wildlife
 Site Information
Passage periods are generally the most productive times and about 170 species have been recorded in the area.
 History and Use
 Areas of Interest
 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