Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR083 Lagoons of Kerkyra
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Criteria: A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3
Coordinates: 39o 27' N 19o 55' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-496 m
Area: 1100 ha

Site Description
The site covers four separate coastal wetlands in Corfu. These include brackish lagoons (Korission, Antinioti, and Chalikopoulou), saltpans (Lefkimis) and freshwater marshes and sand-dunes (Korission- Antinioti).

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (Other urban and industrial areas), Shrubland (Scrub), Wetland (Coastal lagoons; Fens, transition mires and springs; Mud flats and sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing brackish and salt water)

Land use: agriculture, fisheries/aquaculture, tourism/recreation, urban/industrial/transport

Protection status
National None International None
200 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNOTHALASSA ANTINIOTI (KERKYRA)(GR2230001).217 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) ALYKI LEFKIMIS (KERKYRA)(GR2230003).1050 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNOTHALASSA KORISSION (KERKYRA) & NISOS LAGOYDIA(GR2230007).

Korission and Antinioti lagoons are important for cormorants, herons and ducks, while Lefkimi lagoon is important for shorebirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (passage), Aythya nyroca (passage), Aquila clanga (wintering).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Numenius tenuirostris Slender-billed Curlew passage 1974 1 - good A1, C1
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant winter 0 400 1000 unknown B1i, C3
Casmerodius albus Great Egret winter 0 100 300 unknown A4i, B1i, C2

Conservation issues
The main threats are from water management and drainage and intensive tourism development. Chalikopoulou lagoon is seriously threatened from infilling, urbanization and the expansion of an airport. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (medium), agricultural intensification/expansion (medium), construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (low), drainage (medium), dredging/canalization (low), filling-in of wetlands (medium), groundwater abstraction (medium), industrialization/urbanization (high), recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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