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Location Greece, Crete
Central coordinates 24o 46.00' East  35o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2
Area 450 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A river delta on Crete with a mix of grassland, sand-dunes and scrub.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for passage waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1994  300 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
DYTIKA ASTEROUSIA (APO AGIOFARANGO EOS KOKKINO PYRGO) - GR4310004 Habitats Directive 2,651 protected area overlaps with site 32  
EKVOLI GEROPOTAMOU MESARAS - GR4310012 Birds Directive 685 protected area overlaps with site 395  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  40%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  10%
Coastline Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
urban/industrial/transport 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Geropotamos estuary. Downloaded from on 05/03/2015

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