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Location Greece, Peloponnissos
Central coordinates 22o 28.00' East  37o 51.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 1,309 ha
Altitude 600 - 800m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A lake partly fed by springs and drained by underground streams and by a canal. In some years the lake dries up and is used for cultivation. The surrounding area is a mixture of scrub and agricultural areas. Human activities include arable agriculture, stock-raising and hunting.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1996  2-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Near Threatened 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1997  30-70 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gidomandra/Laukas Game Refuge 1,400 protected area overlaps with site 200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  11%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  18%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater  40%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  38%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
water management 100%
fisheries/aquaculture -

Protection status National Partial International None200 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Gidomandra/Laukas, 1,400 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Stymphalia. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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