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Location Greece, Central Macedonia
Central coordinates 22o 51.00' East  40o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B3, C1, C2, C6
Area 1,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A coastal delta, with salt and freshwater marshes and lagoons.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds and other passage migrants. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (passage), Aythya nyroca (passage), Aquila clanga (wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1989  10-400 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1996  80 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris passage  1988  1 individuals  good  A1, C1  Critically Endangered 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1996  10-40 breeding pairs  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1991  20-50 breeding pairs  medium  C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
DELTA AXIOU - LOUDIA - ALIAKMONA - ALYKI KITROUS - GR1220010 Birds Directive 29,647 protected area overlaps with site 1,570  
DELTA AXIOU - LOUDIA - ALIAKMONA - EVRYTERI PERIOCHI - AXIOUPOLI Habitats Directive 33,676 protected area overlaps with site 24  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  5%
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
agriculture -

Protection status National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by protected area (details unknown).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gallikos estuary and Kalohori lagoon. Downloaded from on 27/03/2015

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