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Location Greece, Central Macedonia,Western Macedonia
Central coordinates 21o 45.00' East  40o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 17,000 ha
Altitude 523 - 560m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description Two freshwater lakes in an area of hills and mountains.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for wintering ducks and geese. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (wintering), Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  1993  3-10 breeding pairs  A1, B2, C1, C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  80%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
water management 100%

Protection status National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ampelia/Amyntaiou, 2,500 ha). 440 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Maniakiou, 440 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Vegoritis and Lake Petron. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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