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Location Greece, Ionian Islands
Central coordinates 19o 55.00' East  39o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3
Area 1,100 ha
Altitude 0 - 496m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description The site covers four separate coastal wetlands in Corfu. These include brackish lagoons (Korission, Antinioti, and Chalikopoulou), saltpans (Lefkimis) and freshwater marshes and sand-dunes (Korission-Antinioti).

Key Biodiversity Korission and Antinioti lagoons are important for cormorants, herons and ducks, while Lefkimi lagoon is important for shorebirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (passage), Aythya nyroca (passage), Aquila clanga (wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  100-300 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  400-1,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris passage  1974  1 individuals  good  A1, C1  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ALYKI LEFKIM Birds Directive 243 protected area overlaps with site 242  
ALYKI LEFKIM Habitats Directive 243 protected area overlaps with site 242  
LIMNOTHALASSA ANTINIOTI (KERKYRA) - GR2230001 Birds Directive 188 protected area overlaps with site 174  
LIMNOTHALASSA ANTINIOTI (KERKYRA) - GR2230001 Habitats Directive 188 protected area overlaps with site 174  
LIMNOTHALASSA KORISSION (KERKYRA) - GR2230002 Habitats Directive 2,292 protected area overlaps with site 1,030  
LIMNOTHALASSA KORISSION (KERKYRA) KAI NISOS LAGOUDIA - GR2230007 Birds Directive 1,051 protected area overlaps with site 1,032  
PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI APO KANONI EOS MESONGI (KERKYRA) - GR2230005 Habitats Directive 888 protected area overlaps with site 133  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing brackish and salt water  -
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  -
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lagoons of Kerkyra. Downloaded from on 30/03/2015

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