An area of steppe and maquis in southern Italy, north-west of the town of Taranto. The site includes the historical town of Matera, and is incised by streams, which have created canyons and gorges. Most of the land is agricultural.
Important numbers of Falco naumanni breed in Matera town.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats are posed by fires, agricultural intensification and illegal hunting. The area is a proposed Regional Park.
National Partial International Unknown1,115 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Corno della Strega, 1,115 ha). 200 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Gravina di Castellaneta, 200 ha). 800 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Gravina di Laterza, 800 ha). 2,380 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Santa Trinità, 2,380 ha). Overlaps with SPA.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gravine. Downloaded from
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