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Location Cyprus, Nicosia District
Central coordinates 33o 27.37' East  35o 11.64' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 592 ha
Altitude 85 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

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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. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

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%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mia Milia Sewage Treatment Plant. Downloaded from on 19/04/2015

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