Nisyros island and surrounding islets This is an IBA in Danger! 

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
A volcanic island south of the island of Kos. The island is covered by a mixture of phrygana, maquis and areas of Quercus and Pinus woodland. Half of the islet of Giali is Pinus forest the other half a pumice-stone mine. Human activities include livestock-farming, tourism, and hunting.

Key biodiversity
The area is important for migratory species.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats to the site are from forest destruction for firewood, pumice-stone mining on Giali, overgrazing, fires set by shepherds, increasing tourism and seasonal hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Nisyros island and surrounding islets. Downloaded from on 10/06/2023.