Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR163 Kinaros and Levitha islands and rocky islets
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Criteria: A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 37o 0' N 26o 23' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-296 m
Area: 1725 ha

Site Description
The islands lie to the north-east of the island of Amorgos. Kinaros is characterized by coastal cliffs. Vegetation is generally overgrazed scrub. Only Levitha is inhabited.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (5%, Arable land), Coastline/rocky areas (55%, Rock stacks and islets; Scree and boulders; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Shrubland (60%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (75%), fisheries/aquaculture, not utilised (20%)

Protection status
National None International Low

1725 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISOI KINAROS KAI LEVITHA KAI NISIDES LIADA, PLAKA, GLAROS, MAVRIA(GR4210020).

This is an important area for seabirds and raptors.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Larus audouinii Audouin's Gull breeding 1995 32 38 good A1, C1
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1995 150 300 unknown A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6

Conservation issues
Overgrazing is the main threat to this site. Disturbance by fishermen caused the abandonment of the Larus audouinii in 1997. Rats and cats have been introduced. A management plan was produced in 1997- 1999 as part of a LIFE project. The IBA is situated within a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (medium), agricultural intensification/expansion (high), consequences of animal/plant introductions (unknown), disturbance to birds (high), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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