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Cape Otranto and Cape Santa Maria di Leuca coast


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2002 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1989 2,500-9,999 individuals B1iv, C5

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2002).


IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Parco naturale regionale Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca e Bosco di Tricase Parco naturale regionale/provinciale 3,180 protected area overlaps with site 0
Parco delle Querce di Castro Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 4 protected area contained by site 4
Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 6,093 protected area overlaps with site 1,730
Bosco le Chiuse Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 37 protected area overlaps with site 37
Bosco Guarini Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 20 protected area contained by site 20
Boschetto di Tricase Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 4 protected area contained by site 4

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Forestry plantations, Ruderal land -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cape Otranto and Cape Santa Maria di Leuca coast. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/cape-otranto-and-cape-santa-maria-di-leuca-coast-iba-italy on 01/10/2023.