Nestos gorge

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
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC winter - 60 individuals A1, C1
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC breeding - 2-3 breeding pairs B2, C6
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC breeding 1996 16 breeding pairs C6
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster LC breeding - 50-100 breeding pairs B2

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)
Stena Nestou/Kehrokambos Wildlife Refuge 1,125 protected area overlaps with site 1,125
Stena Nestou-Aristeri Ochthi potamou Nestou Katafygio Agrias Zois 2,875 protected area contained by site 0
Stena Nestou Kavalas - Xanthis Aisthitiko dasos 2,286 protected area contained by site 2,380
Stena Nestou Katafygio Agrias Zois 1,206 protected area contained by site 0
Stena Nestou Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 8,636 protected area contained by site 8,753
Aisthitiko Dasos Nestou Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,378 protected area contained by site 2,336


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Nestos gorge. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.