Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR153 Paros, Antiparos and adjacent islands
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Criteria: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C3, C6
Coordinates: 37o 2' N 25o 10' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-771 m
Area: 10000 ha

Site Description
A group of islands and islets, excluding the main settlements. Paros and Antiparos both have wetlands and arable land. The centre of Paros and the surrounding islets are covered with scrub and phrygana.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (20%, Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land), Coastline/rocky areas (30%, Inland cliffs; Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Shrubland (50%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (80%), fisheries/aquaculture (5%), tourism/recreation (15%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Stroudoular- Ag. Pantes/Lefkon- Kostou, 600ha).2414 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISIDES PAROU KAI NOTIA ANTIPAROS(GR4220025).

The site is important for migratory waterbirds and breeding raptors.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Larus audouinii Audouin's Gull resident 1997 - 22 good A1, C1
Larus cachinnans Yellow-legged Gull resident 1996 2000 3000 good A4i, B1i, C3
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1996 30 - poor B2
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon resident 1996 4 5 good B2, C6

Conservation issues
Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (low), agricultural intensification/expansion (low), 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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