Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR059 Pinios delta
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Criteria: A1, C1
Coordinates: 39o 55' N 22o 42' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-3 m
Area: 2600 ha

Site Description
The site contains a variety of wetland and drier habitats including riverine and coastal woodland, sand-dunes, lagoons, saltmarsh and freshwater marsh.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (20%, Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Forest (10%, Alluvial and very wet forest), Grassland (10%, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (10%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (45%, Coastal lagoons; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: agriculture (80%), fisheries/aquaculture (20%), tourism/recreation (20%), urban/industrial/transport (5%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
370ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Delta Piniou/Stomiou, 370ha).

An important site for wintering and passage waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca, Larus audouinii (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Phalacrocorax pygmeus Pygmy Cormorant winter 1996 - 80 average A1, C1

Conservation issues
The site is seriously threatened by uncontrolled house construction, drainage and infilling of the wetland, and the destruction of woodland.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), aquaculture/fisheries (low), drainage (high), filling-in of wetlands (high), firewood collection (medium), forest grazing (low), groundwater abstraction (high), recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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