Lake Stymfalia

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
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 1996 2-10 breeding pairs C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1997 30-70 breeding pairs B2, C2, C6

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)
Limni Stymfalia - Apelevro oros Dimou Stymfalias Korinthias kai Koinotitas Aleas Argolidas Katafygio Agrias Zois 3,706 protected area overlaps with site 0
Limni Stymfalia Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,283 protected area overlaps with site 1,158
Limni Stymfalia Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,283 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gidomandra/Laukas Game Refuge 1,400 protected area overlaps with site 200


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland -
Shrubland Scrub, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
water management -
fisheries/aquaculture -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Stymfalia. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.