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Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR065 National Marine Park of Alonissos (North Sporades)
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Criteria: A1, A4ii, B1ii, B1iii, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 39o 18' N 24o 4' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-570 m
Area: 5800 ha

Site Description
A group of small, uninhabited rocky islands in the northern Sporades, covered by phrygana, except Piperi island which is wooded. Human activities include stock-raising and fishing.

Habitats: Forest (5%, Native coniferous woodland), Sea/marine area (9%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (83%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture, fisheries/aquaculture, nature conservation and research (100%)

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Protection status
National High International High
5,800 ha of IBA covered by Marine Park (Northern Sporades, 100,000 ha). 1,226 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ag. Ioannis-Trohalo/Litohoriou, 1,226 ha). 438 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Piperi Island, 438 ha).
12960 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISIA KYRA PANAGIA, PIPERI, PSATHOURA KAI GYRO NISIDES AGIOS GEORGIOS, NISOI ADELFOI, LECHOUSA, GAIDOURONISIA(GR1430005).


Birds
This is an important site for species breeding on coastal cliffs, for migratory waders, raptors and passerines.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Larus audouinii Audouin's Gull breeding 1996 51 100 average A1, C1
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1996 400 - unknown A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6
Calonectris diomedea Cory's Shearwater breeding 1995 100 - average C6
Puffinus yelkouan Yelkouan Shearwater breeding 1995 Common unknown B1ii, B3, C2
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Conservation issues
All the islands are overgrazed. Disturbance from military activities caused the abandonment of a Larus audouinii colony in 1996 and 1997. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (low), disturbance to birds (unknown)
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Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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