|Location||Cyprus, Nicosia District|
|Central coordinates||33o 27.37' East 35o 11.64' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2, C1, C6|
|Altitude||85 - 100m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2012|
Summary A man-made set of sewage treatment pools and surrounding agricultural land on the outskirts of Nicosia. The site attracts breeding waders and has regularly attracted small but significant numbers of the globally threatened White-headed Duck in winter.
Site description A man-made set of sewage treatment pools on the meandering course of the seasonal Pedieos River across the open expanses of the Mesaoria Plain. This newly identified IBA is on the outskirts of the capital, Nicosia, and north of the island’s UN-controlled buffer zone. The site has regularly attracted small but significant numbers of the globally threatened Whiteheaded Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) in the winter months. It is also among the ‘top 5’ breeding sites in Cyprus for two key breeding waders, the Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) and the Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus). It also hosts a small but significant breeding number of Calandra Larks (Melanocorypha calandra).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala||winter||2005-2011||1-2 individuals||good||A1, C1||Endangered|
|Himantopus himantopus||breeding||2005-2011||1-30 breeding pairs||medium||C6||Not Recognised|
|Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus||breeding||2005-2011||2-13 breeding pairs||medium||B2, C6||Least Concern|
|Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra||breeding||2005-2011||< 50 breeding pairs||poor||C6||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas||100%|
References Hellicar, M.A., Anastasi, V., Beton, D. & Snape, R. (2014). Important Bird Areas of Cyprus. BirdLife Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mia Milia Sewage Treatment Plant. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/09/2016
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