A group of small, uninhabited rocky islands in the northern Sporades, covered by phrygana, except Piperi island which is wooded. Human activities include stock-raising and fishing.
This is an important site for species breeding on coastal cliffs, for migratory waders, raptors and passerines.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
All the islands are overgrazed. Disturbance from military activities caused the abandonment of a Larus audouinii colony in 1996 and 1997. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National High International High5,800 ha of IBA covered by Marine Park (Northern Sporades, 100,000 ha). 1,226 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ag. Ioannis-Trohalo/Litohoriou, 1,226 ha). 438 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Piperi Island, 438 ha). 5,400 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Nisia Kyra Panagia, Piperi, Psathoura kai gyro Nis, 12,701 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Islands and islets of northern Sporades and northwestern coast of Alonnisos. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2021.