Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR023 Lake Doirani
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Criteria: A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Coordinates: 41o 13' N 22o 46' E (Map)
Altitude: 145-150 m
Area: 2000 ha

Site Description
Lake Doirani is fringed with reedbeds ( Phragmites ) and riverine forest. The site lies adjacent to site 010 in the FYR Macedonia.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (Arable land), Forest (Alluvial and very wet forest), Shrubland (Scrub), Wetland (Sand dunes and beaches; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: agriculture, fisheries/aquaculture, urban/industrial/transport, water management

Protection status
National Low International None
9ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Mouries Oak and Ash Forest, 9ha).2000 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNI DOIRANI(GR1230003).

The site is important for wintering waterbirds.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Phalacrocorax pygmeus Pygmy Cormorant winter 1988 - 112 good A1, C1
Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican winter 1994 - 76 good A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2

Conservation issues
The main threats to the site are from the intensification of agriculture and the resulting over-exploitation of water, pollution and hunting. The water-level has dropped in recent years as a result of ground- and surface-water abstraction for irrigation (`Other' threats). Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), drainage (high), groundwater abstraction (high), industrialization/urbanization (medium), other (high), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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