Two eutrophic lakes at the foot of Mount Verno. They are surrounded by extensive reedbeds (Phragmites). Beyond the lakes is a mosaic of woodland, pastures and arable fields.
This is an important site for species that breed in reedbeds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding), Gallinago media (passage).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is increased eutrophication from agricultural run-off as water-levels fall. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International Partial1,750 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Hintsko-Heimadi/Limnohoriou, 3,240 ha). 4,064 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Limnes Cheimaditida-Zazari, 4,064 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lakes Cheimaditis and Zazari. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2021.