Geropotamos estuary, Crete

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 1994 300 individuals A4i, 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)
Ekvoli Geropotamou Mesaras Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 688 protected area overlaps with site 395
Dytika Asterousia (Apo Agiofarango Eos Kokkino Pyrgo) Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,727 protected area overlaps with site 32


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Mesophile grasslands -
Artificial/Terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Geropotamos estuary, Crete. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.