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Location Greece, Peloponnissos
Central coordinates 21o 40.00' East  36o 58.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2, C3
Area 600 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description The wetland can be divided into brackish lagoons and freshwater marshes. Beyond these is a buffer zone of cultivated fields and maquis. The main human activities are fishing, livestock- and arable-farming, tourism and hunting.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for wintering and passage waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (passage), Aythya nyroca (10-20 passage individuals), Falco naumanni (10-20 passage individuals), Gallinago media (10-20 passage individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1996  1,600-1,800 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1996  280-360 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta passage  1995  1,500-2,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Not Recognised 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1996  1,000 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis passage  1996  300-500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola passage  1996  7,000-11,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola passage  1996  117 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Sterna nilotica passage  1996  210-220 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Not Recognised 

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 contains site 600  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  -
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 14%
fisheries/aquaculture 65%
tourism/recreation 30%

Protection status National High International None600 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Limni Divari-Valtos/Pylou-Romanou, 700 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Divari Pylou (Gialova) lagoon and Sfaktiria island. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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