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Location Greece, East Macedonia and Thrace
Central coordinates 25o 17.00' East  40o 58.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 6,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 54m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society



Site description A coastal wetland complex. It consists of the freshwater Lake Mitrikou, surrounded by extensive reedbeds (Phragmites), coastal lagoons and saltmarsh.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus winter  1997  20 individuals  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor winter  1996  500-1,400 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea resident  uncommon [units unknown]  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna winter  1996  800-2,500 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope winter  1996  1,500-6,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca resident  common [units unknown]  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis winter  1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus passage  1996  1,500-5,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1996  50-2,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia resident  110 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus breeding  20-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  80 breeding pairs  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Great Egret Casmerodius albus winter  280 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  1996  abundant [units unknown]  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  1996  50-600 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus resident  1996  frequent [units unknown]  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus winter  1997  110-350 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1996  700-2,500 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  common [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1996  700-2,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, B2, C6  Least Concern 
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus breeding  1993  4 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris passage  1997  1 individuals  A1, C1  Critically Endangered 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  20-100 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  600 breeding pairs  B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Little Gull Larus minutus passage  1,200 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  30-110 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  abundant [units unknown]  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Alyki Dimou Aigeirou Wildlife Refuge 363 protected area contained by site 363  
Anatolikis Makedonias kai Thrakis (Delta Nestou - Vistonidas - Ismaridas) National Park 93,135 protected area overlaps with site 6,421  
Elos Dimou Aigeirou Wildlife Refuge 253 protected area contained by site 253  
Karatza Dimou Aigeirou Wildlife Refuge 208 protected area contained by site 208  
Lake Vistonis, Porto Lagos, Lake Ismaris and adjoining lagoons Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 24,396 protected area contains site 6,500  
LIMNES KAI LIMNOTHALASSES TIS THRAKIS - EVRYTERI PERIOCHI KAI PARAKTIA ZONI - GR1130009 Habitats Directive 29,456 protected area contains site 6,734  
LIMNES VISTONIS, ISMARIS - LIMNOTHALASSES PORTO LAGOS, ALYKI PTELEA, XIROLIMNI, KARATZA - GR1130010 Birds Directive 18,217 protected area overlaps with site 5,640  
Mavromatio-Limni Mitrikou Wildlife Refuge 1,865 protected area overlaps with site 1,082  
POTAMOS FILIOURIS - GR1130006 Habitats Directive 2,058 protected area overlaps with site 10  
Ptelea Dimou Aigeirou Wildlife Refuge 316 protected area contained by site 316  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 85%
tourism/recreation 5%
water management 85%

Protection status National Partial International PartialPart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mavromatiou-Limni Mitrikou/Imerou-Mavromatiou, 1,900 ha). Part of IBA covered by Protected Area. Part of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Lake Vistonis, Porto Lagos, Lake Ismaris and adjoining lagoons, 24,396 ha). 4,900 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Limnes Vistonis-Ismaris-Limnothalasses Porto Lagos, Alyki, Ptelea, Xirolimni, Karatza, 14,647 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Mitrikou (Ismarida). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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