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Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR165 Sirna island and nearby islets
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Criteria: A4ii, B1ii, B1iii, B2, B3, C2, C6
Coordinates: 36o 13' N 26o 40' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-322 m
Area: 1150 ha

Site Description
The site lies to the south-east of the island of Astypalea. The islets are dominated by Juniperus scrub and phrygana. Human activities include stock-raising, fishing, and arable agriculture.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (10%, Arable land), Coastline/rocky areas (5%, Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Grassland (8%, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Sea/marine area (5%, Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (70%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (90%), fisheries/aquaculture (10%)

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Protection status
National None International Partial

1150 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISOS SYRNA KAI NISIDES MEGALOS ADELFOS, MIKROS ADELFOS, KATSIKAS, MESONISI, PLAKIDA, STEFANIA, NAVAGIO(GR4210022).


Birds
The area is important for passage migrants and breeding seabirds and raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii (11 breeding pairs).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1997 95 100 average A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2
Calonectris diomedea Cory's Shearwater breeding 1997 100 - poor B2, C6
Puffinus yelkouan Yelkouan Shearwater breeding 1997 50 - average B1ii, B3, C2
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Conservation issues
Threats include overgrazing, introduced rats and rabbits, abandonment of agriculture, illegal fishing, and hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (high), agricultural intensification/expansion (high), aquaculture/fisheries (medium), consequences of animal/plant introductions (high), unsustainable exploitation (high)
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Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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