Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR061 Reservoirs of former Lake Karla
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Criteria: A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3
Coordinates: 39o 32' N 22o 42' E (Map)
Altitude: 40-60 m
Area: 1200 ha

Site Description
A complex of seven shallow artificial lakes constructed at the bottom of the former Lake Karla.

Habitats: Wetland (100%, Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: fisheries/aquaculture (50%), tourism/recreation, water management

Protection status
National None International None

A site of great importance for migratory and overwintering waterbirds and foraging raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (wintering), Aquila clanga (wintering), Gallinago media (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Anas crecca Eurasian Teal winter 1996 - 11000 average B1i, C3
Aythya nyroca Ferruginous Duck passage 1996 40 - average A1, C1
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel non-breeding 1996 Abundant average A1, C1
Casmerodius albus Great Egret winter 1996 - 220 average A4i, B1i, C2

Conservation issues
Threats are from agricultural intensification around the IBA, water-level fluctuations, drainage, groundwater abstraction and surface water abstraction (`Other' threats). There is a plan to build a large reservoir. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), aquaculture/fisheries (low), construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (medium), disturbance to birds (high), drainage (high), groundwater abstraction (high), other (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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