Prespa National Park and Varnountas mountains

Country/territory: Greece

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 33,000 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
Two freshwater lakes, Mikri and Megali Prespa, in a mountainous area. The lakes have extensive reedbeds (Phragmites) and small areas of wet meadow. The site lies adjacent to Albanian IBAs 003 and 004 and to site 006 in the FYR Macedonia.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (3 breeding pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Prespa National Park and Varnountas mountains. Downloaded from on 23/09/2023.