Divari Pylou (Gialova) lagoon and Sfaktiria island

Country/territory: Greece

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, C2, C3 (2000)
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Area: 600 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
The wetland can be divided into brackish lagoons and freshwater marshes. Beyond these is a buffer zone of cultivated fields and maquis. The main human activities are fishing, livestock- and arable-farming, tourism and hunting.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for wintering and passage waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (passage), Aythya nyroca (10-20 passage individuals), Falco naumanni (10-20 passage individuals), Gallinago media (10-20 passage individuals).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Divari Pylou (Gialova) lagoon and Sfaktiria island. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.