A salt lake with large seasonal variations in water level. The lake is surrounded by cereal crops and marsh.
This is an important site for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds and also for raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (non-breeding).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats come from new tourist developments, intensified agriculture and the cutting of reedbeds to provide fodder for livestock (`Other' threats). Circus pygargus nests in the cereal fields but these are usually harvested before fledging. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
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BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Pikrolimni. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 18/01/2022.