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GR181 Gavdos and Gavdopoula islands
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Criteria: B1i, B2, C2
Coordinates: 34o 51' N 24o 5' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-386 m
Area: 3600 ha

Site Description
Two islands south of Crete. Gavdos is covered with maquis, phrygana, and Pinus and Juniperus forest. Gavdopoula is covered with phrygana.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (10%, Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Forest (30%, Native coniferous woodland), Sea/marine area (10%, Open Sea), Shrubland (50%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (10%), fisheries/aquaculture (10%), not utilised, tourism/recreation (10%)

Protection status
National None International None
1564 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NOTIODYTIKI GAVDOS KAI GAVDOPOULA(GR4340023).

This is an important area for passage migrants.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Otus scops Common Scops-owl breeding 1996 Abundant unknown B2
Phalacrocorax aristotelis European Shag resident 1996 150 - average B1i, C2

Conservation issues
The main threats include uncontrolled tourism development and plans to construct an industrial unit on Gavdopoula islet. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (high), afforestation (medium), burning of vegetation (medium), industrialization/urbanization (high), infrastructure (high), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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