Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR098 Kalogria lagoon, Strofilia forest, and Lamia marshes
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Criteria: A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6
Coordinates: 38o 10' N 21o 22' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-250 m
Area: 6000 ha

Site Description
A coastal wetland with saltmarshes, brackish lagoons, extensive reedbeds ( Phragmites ), sand-dunes, and Pinus forest. Human activities include arable agriculture, stock-raising, fishing, hunting, and recreation.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (15%, Arable land), Forest (17%, Native coniferous woodland), Shrubland (18%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (43%, Coastal lagoons; Fens, transition mires and springs; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing freshwater)

Land use: agriculture (37%), fisheries/aquaculture (7%), tourism/recreation (20%), urban/industrial/transport (5%), water management (40%)

Protection status
National None International Partial
Part of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kotychi lagoon, 6309 ha).
3523 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNOTHALASSA KALOGRIAS, DASOS STROFILIAS KAI ELOS LAMIAS, ARAXOS(GR2320001).

This is an important IBA for passage migrants and breeding and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (wintering), Aythya nyroca (minimum 30 passage individuals), Aquila clanga (wintering), Falco naumanni (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Tringa stagnatilis Marsh Sandpiper passage 1994 250 - good A4i, B1i, C3
Calidris minuta Little Stint passage 1994 - 3845 good A4i, B1i, C3
Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt breeding 1994 270 270 good A4i, B1i, C2
Charadrius alexandrinus Kentish Plover passage 1994 775 - good A4i, B1i, C3
Ixobrychus minutus Little Bittern breeding 1994 50 60 good B2, C2, C6
Hippolais olivetorum Olive-tree Warbler breeding 1994 70 - good B2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from intensive tourism development, hunting and forest grazing. The shallow lagoons are sensitive to manipulation of the water-levels. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (medium), aquaculture/fisheries (unknown), burning of vegetation (unknown), forest grazing (medium), infrastructure (unknown), recreation/tourism (high), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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