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GR035 Nea Fokea marshes
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Criteria: B1i, C2
Coordinates: 40o 7' N 23o 19' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-20 m
Area: 340 ha

Site Description
A coastal wetland consisting of two periodically inundated brackish marshes, sand-dunes and a 90ha pine Pinus woodland. The existing drainage works in both marshes drain the major part of the wetland in the summer.

Habitats: Forest (25%, Native coniferous woodland), Wetland (75%, Sand dunes and beaches; Standing brackish and salt water)

Land use: tourism/recreation (50%), water management (70%)

Protection status
National None International None
340 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) YGROTOPOI NEAS FOKAIAS(GR1270013).

This is an important site for breeding and passage waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (4 passage individuals), Haliaeetus albicilla .

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt breeding 1996 90 100 good B1i, C2

Conservation issues
Drainage is a major threat to the area, with a pumping station and canals within the site. Garbage dumping is leading to a gradual infilling of part of the site (`Other' threats, above). The beach and sand-dune area are used for recreation in the summer. The numbers of wintering birds are thought to be small as a result of hunting.

Threats: drainage (high), dredging/canalization (high), other (low), recreation/tourism (high), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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