Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR089 Lake Amvrakia
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Criteria: B1i, C2, C3
Coordinates: 38o 45' N 21o 11' E (Map)
Altitude: 16-16 m
Area: 2205 ha

Site Description
A deep oligotrophic lake with steep western shores. The northern part is shallow with small reedbeds ( Phragmites ).

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

Land use: agriculture, fisheries/aquaculture, water management

Protection status
National Partial International None
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Petalas/Amfilochias- Kechrinias- Papadatou- Stanou, 13,300ha).

The site is important for wintering ducks and geese.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Sterna caspia Caspian Tern passage 0 20 50 poor B1i, C2
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant winter 1997 50 1200 average B1i, C3

Conservation issues
The main threat is drainage and the over-abstraction of surface water (`Other' threats). There are plans to construct a road on the lake shore. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), drainage (high), dredging/canalization (low), filling-in of wetlands (medium), industrialization/urbanization (medium), other (high), unsustainable exploitation (low)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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