Gavdos and Gavdopoula islands, Crete

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2012

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC resident 2009-2012 50-150 breeding pairs B1i, C2
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops LC breeding 2002 abundant B2

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)
Notiodytiki Gavdos Kai Gavdopoula Kai Thalassia Periochi Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 9,655 protected area contained by site 1,549
Nisoi Gavdos Kai Gavdopoula Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 6,291 protected area contained by site 6,291


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Sea Open Sea -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
not utilised -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gavdos and Gavdopoula islands, Crete. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.