Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR138 Gera gulf-Dipi and Haramida marshes, Lesvos
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Criteria: A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Coordinates: 39o 5' N 26o 25' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-30 m
Area: 5000 ha

Site Description
A shallow gulf which includes a river delta, coastal lagoons, freshwater marshes, rivers, streams, wet meadows, and reedbeds ( Phragmites ). Human activities include fishing, agriculture, water management, tourism, quarrying, and hunting.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (5%, Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Sea/marine area (35%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Wetland (60%, Fens, transition mires and springs; Mud flats and sand flats; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: agriculture (40%), fisheries/aquaculture (5%), not utilised (30%), urban/industrial/transport (10%), water management (10%)

Protection status
National Low International None
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Divolo- Akothi/Loutron Lesvou, 300ha).

The site is important for passage migrants and as a foraging area for raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (up to 10 wintering individuals).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Larus melanocephalus Mediterranean Gull passage 1997 5000 - unknown A4i, B1i, C2
Lanius nubicus Masked Shrike breeding 1996 Frequent unknown B2

Conservation issues
The site is seriously threatened. There is intense pressure from housing, tourist and industrial developments. Wetland areas are subject to infilling and rubbish dumping. Water quality is declining as a result of agricultural intensification and sewerage, and salinity is increasing as a result of groundwater abstraction. Quarrying produces large amounts of solid waste. The fishery is being over-exploited. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (medium), aquaculture/fisheries (low), disturbance to birds (high), drainage (medium), extraction industry (medium), filling-in of wetlands (medium), groundwater abstraction (medium), industrialization/urbanization (high), recreation/tourism (high), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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