Divari Pylou (Gialova) lagoon and Sfaktiria island

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
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

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap 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


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Standing brackish and salt water, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches, Salt marshes, Mud flats & sand flats, Lagoons, Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Divari Pylou (Gialova) lagoon and Sfaktiria island. Downloaded from on 05/12/2022.