Divari Pylou (Gialova) lagoon and Sfaktiria island

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
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC passage 1996 1,600-1,800 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC winter 1996 280-360 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC passage 1995 1,500-2,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC winter 1996 1,000 individuals B1i, C3
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola LC passage 1996 7,000-11,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis LC passage 1996 300-500 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola LC passage 1996 117 individuals B1i, C2
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC passage 1996 210-220 individuals B1i, C2

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)
Vatatsa - Divari - Ormos Valtou - Drepano Dimou Igoumenitsas Katafygio Agrias Zois 960 protected area contains site 600
Thalassia Periochi Notias Messinias Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 122,930 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Limnothalassa Pylou (Divari) Kai Nisos Sfaktiria; Agios Dimitrios Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,464 protected area contains site 1,007
Limnothalassa Gialovas Kai Nisos Sfaktiria Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 960 protected area contained by site 1,007
Limni Ntivari-Valtos (Pylou-Romanou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 704 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Divari Pylou (Gialova) lagoon and Sfaktiria island. Downloaded from on 26/02/2024.