Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR045 Lake Vegoritis and Lake Petron
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Criteria: A1, B2, C1, C6
Coordinates: 40o 45' N 21o 45' E (Map)
Altitude: 523-560 m
Area: 17000 ha

Site Description
Two freshwater lakes in an area of hills and mountains.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (10%, Arable land), Grassland (10%, Humid grasslands), Wetland (80%, Standing freshwater)

Land use: agriculture (50%), fisheries/aquaculture (50%), water management (100%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ampelia/Amyntaiou, 2,500ha). 440ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Maniakiou, 440ha).6699 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNI PETRON(GR1340007).

The site is important for wintering ducks and geese. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (wintering), Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Phalacrocorax pygmeus Pygmy Cormorant breeding 1993 3 10 unknown A1, B2, C1, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are water abstraction from Lake Vegoritida (`Other' threats) and pollution of Lake Petron (`Other' threats). Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (medium), construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (medium), dredging/canalization (low), other (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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