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Location Greece, Central Macedonia
Central coordinates 21o 54.00' East  40o 47.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 1,386 ha
Altitude 470 - 700m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description An artificial lake with extensive reedbeds (Phragmites). The adjacent hills are dominated by scrub, pastures and orchards with small areas of forest.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species associated with reedbeds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (passage), Pelecanus crispus (passage), Aythya nyroca (4 breeding pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1996  5-15 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Elos--Limni Agra/Agra--Nisiou-Bryton Game Refuge 500 protected area overlaps with site 500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  20%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  70%
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 30%
water management 70%

Protection status National Partial International High500 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Elos-Limni Agra/Agra-Nisiou-Bryton, 500 ha). 1,386 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Limni kai Fragna Agra, 1,386 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Agra artificial lake. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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