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Location Greece, Western Greece
Central coordinates 21o 18.00' East  38o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Area 2,700 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society



Site description A small brackish lagoon separated from the sea by dunes and surrounded by patches of saltmarsh and agricultural land. Human activities include aquaculture, agriculture, and tourism.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  200-500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta passage  500-1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Not Recognised 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1996  40-120 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  6-10 breeding pairs  A1, C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kotychi lagoons Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,302 protected area overlaps with site 1,716  
LIMNOTHALASSA KALOGRIAS, DASOS STROFYLIAS KAI ELOS LAMIAS, ARAXOS - GR2320001 Habitats Directive 3,534 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LIMNOTHALASSA KOTYCHI - ALYKI LECHAINON - GR2330009 Birds Directive 2,338 protected area contained by site 2,338  
LIMNOTHALASSA KOTYCHI, BRINIA - GR2330006 Habitats Directive 1,315 protected area contained by site 1,315  
PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI APO AKR. KYLLINI EOS TOUMPI - KALOGRIA - GR2330007 Habitats Directive 13,166 protected area overlaps with site 454  
YGROTOPOI KALOGRIAS-LAMIAS KAI DASOS STROFYLIAS - GR2320011 Birds Directive 6,566 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  21%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  20%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  14%
Coastline Lagoons; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
fisheries/aquaculture 20%
tourism/recreation 15%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 20%

Protection status National None International PartialPart of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kotychi Lagoon, 3,700 ha). 1,647 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Limnothalassa Kotychi, 1,647 ha)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kotychi lagoon. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014

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