Megalo and Mikro Livari lagoons, Istiaia

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Mute Swan Cygnus olor LC winter 1993 10-1,600 individuals B1i, C3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Pyrinas ygroviotopou Mikro kai Megalo Livari Dimou Istiaias kai koinotitas Asminiou Alla 301 protected area overlaps with site 0
Megalo Kai Mikro Livari - Delta Xeria - Ydrochares Dasos Ag. Nikolaou - Paraktia Thalassia Zoni Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 501 protected area overlaps with site 450
Megalo Kai Mikro Livari - Delta Xeria Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,059 protected area contains site 1,008


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Ruderal land -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Megalo and Mikro Livari lagoons, Istiaia. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.