Gera gulf, Ntipi and Charamida marshes, Lesvos

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
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus LC passage 1997 5,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus LC breeding 1996 frequent 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)
Plati (Asomaton-Sykountos-Mychou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 811 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Lesvos: Kolpos Geras; Eli Ntipi Kai Charamida Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 5,172 protected area contained by site 0
Lesvos Kolpos Geras; Elos Ntipi Kai Oros Olympos – Potamos Evergetoulas Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 11,918 protected area overlaps with site 5,000
Divolo-Akothi (Loutron) Katafygio Agrias Zois 297 protected area contained by site 0
Divolo--Akothi/Loutron Lesvou Game Refuge 300 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Neritic -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gera gulf, Ntipi and Charamida marshes, Lesvos. Downloaded from on 04/12/2023.