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Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR164 Astypalea island and nearby islets
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Criteria: A1, A4ii, B1ii, B1iii, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 36o 36' N 26o 25' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-250 m
Area: 11500 ha

Site Description
An island of sea cliffs and rocky shores, dominated by phrygana and other scrub.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (15%, Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land), Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Grassland (20%, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Sea/marine area (5%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (60%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (80%), fisheries/aquaculture (5%), tourism/recreation (10%), urban/industrial/transport (5%)

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Protection status
National None International Low

1600 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) ANATOLIKO TMIMA ASTYPALAIAS KAI NISIDES KOUNOUPOI, FTENO, CHONDROPOULO, KOUTSOMYTIS, MONI, AGIA KYRIAKI, TIGANI, CHONDRI, LIGNO, FOKIONISIA, KATSAGRELI, PONTIKOUSSA, OFIDOUSSA, KTENIA(GR4210021).


Birds
The site is important for breeding seabirds.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Larus audouinii Audouin's Gull breeding 1996 18 23 good A1, C1
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1997 200 - good A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6
Puffinus yelkouan Yelkouan Shearwater breeding 1997 50 - good B1ii, B3, C2
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Conservation issues
Threats include abandonment of agriculture, overgrazing, burning of vegetation, intense shooting, overfishing, urbanization, and potential disturbance to Larus audouinii nests by tourists. Road construction in remote areas is a threat to raptors. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (high), agricultural intensification/expansion (high), aquaculture/fisheries (high), burning of vegetation (high), filling-in of wetlands (low), industrialization/urbanization (medium), recreation/tourism (high), unsustainable exploitation (high)
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Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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