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Location Greece, Ipiros
Central coordinates 20o 11.00' East  39o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 8,531 ha
Altitude 0 - 509m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description The site comprises a canal with a delta of mudflats, saltmarshes, and lagoons. Two low hills are covered with dense scrub. Much of the area has been reclaimed for arable farming.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for breeding, passage and overwintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage, wintering), Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering), Aquila heliaca (wintering), Gallinago media (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1996  445 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1993  219 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  1996  1-22 individuals  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1988  65 individuals  good  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1995  58-1,017 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga winter  1996  7 individuals  good  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris passage  1997  2 individuals  good  A1, C1  Critically Endangered 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1992  40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  present  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vatatsa - Divari - Ormos Valtou - Drepano Dimou Igoumenitsas Wildlife Refuge 960 protected area overlaps with site 687  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  18%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  4%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  48%
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 75%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management -

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,780 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Vatatsa-Divari/Igoumenitsas, 1,780 ha). 5,521 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ygrotopos Ekvolon (Delta) Kalama, 5,521 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kalamas delta. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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