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Location Greece, Central Macedonia
Central coordinates 22o 38.00' East  40o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Area 12,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description This site contains the River Axios together with patches and islands of riverine forest and pasture.

Key Biodiversity The site is an important corridor for migratory species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila clanga (1-3 wintering individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1997  5,000 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Eidomeni (Altsakiou) Wildlife Refuge 440 protected area contained by site 440  
Palmitsi-Kampos (Evzonon & Mikrou Dasous) Wildlife Refuge 1,437 protected area overlaps with site 1,218  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  70%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
water management 30%

Protection status National Partial International None1,310 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Palmitsi-Kampas/Evzonan-M. Dasous, 1,310 ha). 800 ha of IBA covered by (Altsaki/Idomenis, 800 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: River Axios. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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