Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR087 Strofades islands
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Criteria: B1ii, C2, C6
Coordinates: 37o 15' N 21o 0' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-22 m
Area: 220 ha

Site Description
Two small rocky islands vegetated with sparse scrub.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (5%, Arable land), Coastline/rocky areas (15%, Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Sea/marine area (10%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (70%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub)

Land use: agriculture (50%)

Protection status
National None International None
220 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISIDES STAMFANI & ARPYIA (STROFADES)(GR2210004).

This is an important area for breeding seabirds and passage migrants. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage), Aquila clanga (passage), Falco naumanni (passage), Larus audouinii (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Calonectris diomedea Cory's Shearwater breeding 1995 50 100 good C6
Calonectris diomedea Cory's Shearwater non-breeding 1995 1400 - unknown B1ii, C2

Conservation issues
The main threats include hunting, despite its being prohibited, introduced rats Rattus , disturbance and fires. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: burning of vegetation (medium), consequences of animal/plant introductions (high), disturbance to birds (medium), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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