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Location Greece, Central Macedonia
Central coordinates 22o 38.00' East  40o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C6
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society



Site description A coastal lagoon surrounded by dunes, saltpans, saltmarsh, holiday homes and residential areas.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna winter  1996  1,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta passage  1989  1,240 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1989  128 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1991  486 individuals  good  B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1996  60 breeding pairs  B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Sterna nilotica breeding  1996  48 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei breeding  1992  45 breeding pairs  C2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1996  60 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ALYKI KITROUS - EVRYTERI PERIOCHI - GR1250004 Habitats Directive 1,441 protected area overlaps with site 1,288  
Alyki Kitrous (Pydnas) Wildlife Refuge 1,728 protected area overlaps with site 980  
DELTA AXIOU - LOUDIA - ALIAKMONA - ALYKI KITROUS - GR1220010 Birds Directive 29,647 protected area overlaps with site 1,460  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -
Sea Open Sea  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  6%
Coastline Lagoons; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport 41%
water management 20%
tourism/recreation 5%
agriculture 35%

Protection status National High International High1,500 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Alyki Kitrous, 1,784 ha). 1,200 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Delta Axiou, Loudia, Aliakmona-Alyki Kitrous, 13,763 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alyki Kitros lagoon. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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