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Location Greece, North Aegean
Central coordinates 25o 17.00' East  39o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 14,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 319m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A wetland complex including coastal lagoons, a seasonal brackish marsh, extensive saltmarshes and sandflats and a freshwater marsh with reedbeds (Phragmites). Both lakes dry out in late summer. Human activities include arable cultivation, fishing, hunting, and aquaculture.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for migratory waders and raptors and wintering wildfowl. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea resident  1996  8 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna winter  1996  850 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1996  5,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1996  220 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1996  20 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1996  45 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Komi-Tourles-Chortalimni (Romanou-Roussopouliou-Kalliopis) Wildlife Refuge 1,121 protected area contained by site 1,121  
Palaiokastro-Alepotrypes-Voutsadika (Panagias-Plakas) Wildlife Refuge 1,344 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Poliochni-Thymarelia (Livadochoriou-Agiou Dimitriou-Atsikis) Wildlife Refuge 2,057 protected area overlaps with site 357  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons; Fens, transition mires and springs; Mud flats and sand flats; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  40%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
military 8%
water management 15%
fisheries/aquaculture 15%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
not utilised 10%

Protection status National Partial International LowPart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Komi-Tourles-Chortarolimni/Romanou-Roussopouliou, 950 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Palaiokastro-Alepotripes-Voutsadika/Panagias-Plaka, 1,200 ha). 1,302 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ygrotopoi Kolpou Kallonis, 1,302 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lakes Khortaro and Alyki, Moudros gulf, Diapori fen, and Fakos peninsula. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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