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Criteria: A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6
Coordinates: 35o 27' N 25o 13' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-268 m
Area: 1250 ha

Site Description
An island in the Gulf of Iraklio surrounded by small rocky islets. The island has steep cliffs covered with phrygana and other scrub.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (25%, Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Sea/marine area (5%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (90%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: fisheries/aquaculture (5%), hunting (90%), tourism/recreation (5%)

Protection status
National High International None
1,250ha of IBA covered by Controlled Hunting Area (Dia, 1,250ha).1250 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISOS DIA(GR4310003).

This is an important site for breeding seabirds and species associated with coastal cliffs.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1982 300 380 good A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6

Conservation issues
Introduced goats have caused serious overgrazing. Tourism development is a serious threat for the near future. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), recreation/tourism (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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