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GR027 Lake Pikrolimni
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Criteria: A1, C1
Coordinates: 40o 50' N 22o 49' E (Map)
Altitude: 47-53 m
Area: 2000 ha

Site Description
A salt lake with large seasonal variations in water level. The lake is surrounded by cereal crops and marsh.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (20%, Arable land), Wetland (80%, Fens, transition mires and springs; Mud flats and sand flats; Salt marshes; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: agriculture (55%), not utilised (35%), tourism/recreation (10%)

Protection status
National None International None
2000 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNI PIKROLIMNI-XILOKERATEA(GR1230004).

This is an important site for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds and also for raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (non-breeding).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel non-breeding 1997 40 - average A1, C1

Conservation issues
Threats come from new tourist developments, intensified agriculture and the cutting of reedbeds to provide fodder for livestock (`Other' threats). Circus pygargus nests in the cereal fields but these are usually harvested before fledging. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (medium), disturbance to birds (unknown), other (high), recreation/tourism (low), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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