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Location Cyprus, Limassol District,Paphos District
Central coordinates 32o 40.90' East  34o 39.29' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6
Area 744 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2012

BirdLife Cyprus

Site description These are the highest sea cliffs on Cyprus, extending for 8 km from the village of Pissouri (Cape Aspro) to the Petra tou Romiou area, and are accessible only by sea.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae breeding  2005-2011  40-75 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
AKROTIRIO ASPRO - PETRA ROMIOU CY5000005 Birds Directive 2,489 protected area overlaps with site 2,259  
AKROTIRIO ASPRO - PETRA ROMIOU CY5000005 Habitats Directive 2,489 protected area overlaps with site 2,259  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  5%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  1%
Other   5%
Sea Open Sea  74%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cape Aspro. Downloaded from on 02/08/2014

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