Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR162 North and east Kalimnos, Telendos, and Kalolimnos islands and islets
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Criteria: A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 37o 2' N 27o 0' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-590 m
Area: 4700 ha

Site Description
This site includes the north and east part of Kalimnos and islets from Telendos to Kalolimnos and Limnia. Kalimnos is heavily grazed and rocky.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (10%, Arable land; Urban parks and gardens), Coastline/rocky areas (40%, Caves; Inland cliffs; Rock stacks and islets; Scree and boulders; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Grassland (Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Sea/marine area (Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (40%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (5%, Shingle or stony beaches)

Land use: agriculture (60%), military (15%), not utilised (10%), tourism/recreation (10%), urban/industrial/transport (5%)

Protection status
National None International Low

590 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISIDES KALYMNOU: EPANO, NERA, SARI, TELENDOS(GR4210019).

An important site for breeding raptors and species associated with cliffs and scrub. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Larus audouinii Audouin's Gull breeding 1996 36 36 good A1, C1
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard resident 1995 3 6 average B2
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel breeding 1995 20 25 poor A1, B2, C1, C6
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1995 30 100 poor A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon resident 1995 3 6 average B2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are hunting, overgrazing and tourist developments. A management plan was produced as a result of a LIFE project. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (medium), agricultural intensification/expansion (high), consequences of animal/plant introductions (medium), disturbance to birds (high), extraction industry (unknown), industrialization/urbanization (unknown), infrastructure (unknown), recreation/tourism (high), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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