Lake Stymfalia

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
A lake partly fed by springs and drained by underground streams and by a canal. In some years the lake dries up and is used for cultivation. The surrounding area is a mixture of scrub and agricultural areas. Human activities include arable agriculture, stock-raising and hunting.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The lake is threatened by siltation (`Other' threats). There are plans to further manage the surface and groundwater for irrigation and water supply. The area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National Partial International None200 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Gidomandra/Laukas, 1,400 ha).

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