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Location Greece, Central Macedonia,Thessalia
Central coordinates 22o 42.00' East  39o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1
Area 2,600 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description The site contains a variety of wetland and drier habitats including riverine and coastal woodland, sand-dunes, lagoons, saltmarsh and freshwater marsh.

Key Biodiversity An important site for wintering and passage waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca, Larus audouinii (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1996  80 individuals  medium  A1, C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Delta Piniou/Stomiou Game Refuge 370 protected area contained by site 370  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  10%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  10%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  20%
Coastline Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
fisheries/aquaculture 20%
tourism/recreation 20%
urban/industrial/transport 5%

Protection status National Partial International None370 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Delta Piniou/Stomiou, 370 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pinios delta. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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