Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR032 Lakes Volvi-Langada (or Koronia-Ag. Vasiliou) and Rentina Gorge (or Makedonika Tempi)
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Criteria: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Coordinates: 40o 41' N 23o 22' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-700 m
Area: 43000 ha

Site Description
The site comprises two freshwater lakes and a gorge. Lake Koronia is shallow, eutrophic and polluted. Lake Volvi is deeper and overflows through the Rentina gorge. The gorge is dominated by maquis and riverine scrub.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (47%, Arable land), Shrubland (20%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (27%, Standing freshwater)

Land use: agriculture (55%), fisheries/aquaculture (27%)

Protection status
National Partial International Partial
2,100 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Limni Lagada, 2,100 ha). 500 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Paralimnio Dasos Apollonias, 500 ha). 669 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Richios Potamos, 669 ha). 16,388 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Lakes Volvi and Langada (Koronia), 16,388 ha).
15671 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) LIMNES VOLVI KAI LANGADA KAI STENA RENTINAS(GR1220009).

This site is important for passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (minimum 43 wintering individuals), Oxyura leucocephala (wintering), Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering), Falco naumanni (passage). The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds, on a regular basis (including Podiceps cristatus 6,729; Aythya ferina 8,029; Aythya fuligula 1,361; Fulica atra 12,736).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Aythya ferina Common Pochard winter 1997 8029 8029 good B1i, C3
Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt passage 1995 - 600 average B1i, C2
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet passage 1995 - 1150 average A4i, B1i, C2
Accipiter brevipes Levant Sparrowhawk breeding 1992 Uncommon poor B2
Podiceps cristatus Great Crested Grebe winter 1997 6729 6729 good B1i, C3
Phalacrocorax pygmeus Pygmy Cormorant winter 1997 43 43 good A1, C1
Casmerodius albus Great Egret winter 1997 35 35 good A4i, B1i, C2
Phoenicopterus ruber Greater Flamingo non-breeding 1995 - 1410 good A4i, B1i, C2
Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican passage 1995 - 473 good A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican winter 1995 249 249 good A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Ciconia ciconia White Stork breeding 1993 80 100 good B2, C6

Conservation issues
Declining water-levels and water pollution, from agricultural and industrial sources, are a severe threat. A pollution incident in 1995 left thousands of waterbirds dead. In the gorge, fire is a serious problem and has previously caused severe damage. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), burning of vegetation (high), forest grazing (medium), groundwater abstraction (high), industrialization/urbanization (high), infrastructure (medium), natural events (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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