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GR041 Agra artificial lake
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Criteria: B2, C6
Coordinates: 40o 47' N 21o 54' E (Map)
Altitude: 470-700 m
Area: 1386 ha

Site Description
An artificial lake with extensive reedbeds ( Phragmites ). The adjacent hills are dominated by scrub, pastures and orchards with small areas of forest.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (10%, Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Grassland (20%, Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Wetland (70%, Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: agriculture (10%), fisheries/aquaculture (30%), water management (70%)

Protection status
National Partial International High
500 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Elos-Limni Agra/Agra-Nisiou-Bryton, 500 ha).
1386 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNI KAI FRAGMA AGRA(GR1240006).

This is an important site for species associated with reedbeds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (passage), Pelecanus crispus (passage), Aythya nyroca (4 breeding pairs).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Chlidonias hybridus Whiskered Tern breeding 1996 5 15 average B2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from agricultural intensification and clear- cutting of the remaining forests. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (medium), disturbance to birds (low), intensified forest management (high), unsustainable exploitation (low)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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