Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR174 Kasos island
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Criteria: A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 35o 24' N 27o 0' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-600 m
Area: 8000 ha

Site Description
A large island and the nearby islets dominated by maquis. Human activities include livestock-farming, fishing and hunting.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (5%, Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Inland cliffs; Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Sea/marine area (5%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (80%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (90%), fisheries/aquaculture (5%), tourism/recreation (10%), unknown

Protection status
National None International None
7000 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISOS KASOS KAI SYMPLEGMA KASONISION(GR4210028).

This is an important site for breeding seabirds.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Larus audouinii Audouin's Gull breeding 1997 60 60 good A1, B2, C1, C6
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1997 100 - average A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2

Conservation issues
The main threats are from overgrazing and fires. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), burning of vegetation (high), recreation/tourism (unknown), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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