Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR166 Mount Dikios, Cape Louros, Lake Psalidi, and Alyki
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Criteria: A1, B2, C1, C6
Coordinates: 36o 52' N 27o 16' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-843 m
Area: 9916 ha

Site Description
A mountain dominated by maquis and Pinus and Cupressus forest. The IBA also includes two coastal wetlands with reedbeds ( Phragmites ), a lagoon and saltmarsh.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (9%, Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas), Forest (32%, Native coniferous woodland), Shrubland (50%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (5%, Coastal lagoons; Salt marshes; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: agriculture (60%), forestry (20%), military, tourism/recreation (5%), urban/industrial/transport (5%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
1,901ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ag. Fokas- Psalidi/Kos, 1,901ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Agginaropi- Galomandra- Pythos- Alykiendash Vai/Pyliou- Asfe, 437ha). 1,369ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Lagoudi- Konario/Asfendiou- Pyliou- Ko, 1,369ha).435 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) KOS: LIMNI PSALIDI - ALYKI(GR4210027).

This is an important site for breeding and passage raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Branta ruficollis (passage ), Larus audouinii .

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck breeding 1996 - 35 good B2, C6
Numenius tenuirostris Slender-billed Curlew passage 1988 2 - good A1, C1
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard resident 1996 4 7 average B2
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel breeding 1996 10 15 average A1, C1

Conservation issues
The main threats include urban development and expansion, road construction, tourism development and hunting. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (low), drainage (unknown), industrialization/urbanization (high), infrastructure (high), intensified forest management (unknown), recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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