Chalki island and surrounding islets

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Chalki is a small rocky island with degraded vegetation, in a group of small islets. Alimnia is locally covered by Juniperus and Pinus scrub and also has an area of saltmarsh. Human activities include livestock farming, hunting, tourism, and arable agriculture.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for species associated with coastal scrub and cliffs.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from very high hunting pressure and overgrazing. Hieraaetus fasciatus are shot and their nests are destroyed. Nestlings of Falco eleonorae are taken for food. More than 6,000 sheep and goats graze on Chalki.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chalki island and surrounding islets. Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.