Islets of western Limnos and cape Mourtzeflos

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2012 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
Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea LC breeding 2007-2012 50-150 breeding pairs B2
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan VU breeding 2007-2012 50-150 breeding pairs A1, B3, C1
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC breeding 2009-2011 120 breeding pairs B1i, B3, C2, C6
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii VU breeding 1998-2012 22-65 breeding pairs A1, C1
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae LC breeding 2005 341 breeding pairs A4ii, B2, C2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2012).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Plá¿-Korakia-Parthenomytos (Moudrou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 689 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Nisides Kai Vrachonisides Limnou: Nisos Sergitsi Kai Nisides Diavates; Kompio, Kastria, Tigani, Karkalas, Prasonisi Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 115 protected area overlaps with site 125
Nisida Sideritis (Sergitsi) tou Dimou Atsikis nisou Limnou Katafygio Agrias Zois 102 protected area contained by site 0
Mitakas-Agios Athanasios-Agios Ioannis (Kornou-Kaspaka-Myrinas) Katafygio Agrias Zois 780 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Limnos; Limnes Chortarolimni Kai Alyki, Kolpos Moudrou Elos Diapori Kai Chersonisos Fakos, Nisos Sergitsi Kai Nisides Diavates Kompiokastria, Tigani, Karkalas, Prasonisi Kai Thalassia Periochi Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 42,758 protected area contains site 0


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -
water management -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Islets of western Limnos and cape Mourtzeflos. Downloaded from on 04/12/2023.