Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR157 Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros island group
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Criteria: A4ii, B1ii, B2, B3, C2, C6
Coordinates: 36o 40' N 25o 1' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-713 m
Area: 19000 ha

Site Description
The scrub-dominated islands in the South Cyclades and the adjacent rocky islets. Human activities include tourism, fishing, arable agriculture and livestock-farming.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (10%, Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas), Coastline/rocky areas (15%, Inland cliffs; Rock stacks and islets; Scree and boulders; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Sea/marine area (5%, Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (70%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (70%), fisheries/aquaculture (5%), not utilised (20%), tourism/recreation (5%), urban/industrial/transport (5%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
3,700ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Anemomyloi- Psathokalamos- Pr. Ilias Iou, 3,700ha). 400ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Rachidia- Trypales/ Folegandros, 400ha).7011 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) FOLEGANDROS ANATOLIKI MECHRI DYTIKI SIKINO KAI THALASSIA ZONI(GR4220004).

The area is important for breeding seabirds and raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii .

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard resident 1996 2 7 average B2
Hieraaetus fasciatus Bonelli's Eagle resident 1996 2 4 good B2
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon resident 1996 3 7 average B2, C6
Puffinus yelkouan Yelkouan Shearwater breeding 1996 100 1000 poor A4ii, B1ii, B3, C2
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1997 Frequent average B3, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are tourism and infrastructure developments and hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: aquaculture/fisheries (medium), disturbance to birds (unknown), extraction industry (low), infrastructure (high), recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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