The LIPU (Italian League for Bird Protection) oasis of Laterza, extends over 800 hectares in the heart of the ravine park. Great place for birding, walking and cycling. Along the 12 km rocky walls, in the numerous caves and in the thick vegetation, large and small birds nest such as the Common Buzzard, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Barn Owl and numerous other species of birds. Special birds you can see here are Egyptian Vulture, Black Kite, Lanner Falcon, Black Stork, Lesser Kestrel, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Short-toed Snake Eagle and Black-eared Wheatear.
To reach the entrance take the state road n. 7 which from Taranto crosses the centers of Massafra, Palagiano and Castellaneta. After passing through the town of Castellaneta, after about 8 kilometers, turn left following the signs Laterza and after having completely crossed the town you will arrive at the Oasis, on the extreme southern periphery. The reserve has a car park, a network of nature trails and a Visitor Center. You can walk into the canyon and back, but it is also possible to do a circular trail of about 11 km. This is the trail you see on the map.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Canyon, Agriculture, Scattered trees and bushes
Is a telescope useful?No
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
RouteWide path, Unpaved road, Paved road
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo