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GR031 Epanomi lagoon
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Criteria: B1i, B2, C2, C3
Coordinates: 40o 23' N 22o 54' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-2 m
Area: 450 ha

Site Description
An almost flat peninsula of low sand-dunes with a lagoon, saltmarsh and Tamarix scrub.

Habitats: Shrubland (20%, Scrub), Wetland (75%, Coastal lagoons; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches)

Land use: agriculture (60%), fisheries/aquaculture, tourism/recreation

Protection status
National High International None
450ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Tsairi/Epanomis, 500ha).450 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNOTHALASSA EPANOMIS(GR1220004).

This is an important site for wintering ducks and breeding, passage and wintering waders. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Branta ruficollis (up to five wintering individuals), Aythya nyroca (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Glareola pratincola Collared Pratincole breeding 0 10 45 average B1i, B2, C2
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant winter 0 - 2350 good B1i, C3

Conservation issues
The main threats are from dredging and increased tourism. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: dredging/canalization (medium), recreation/tourism (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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