A chain of six small, rocky islands off the north-east point of Cyprus. Low cliffs surround the main island, the vegetation of which is dominated by grasses, with Salicornia and Atriplex forming short dense swards in places. With the exception of a lighthouse, the islands are uninhabited.
The islands are an important stop-over site during migration, especially for waterbirds. One of the larger islands, the one closest to the mainland, is the only known site in Cyprus where Larus audouinii breeds.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Human predation of Laridae eggs formerly occurred, but is no longer thought to be a significant problem.
National High International None15 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Klidhes Islands, 15 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Klidhes Islands. Downloaded from
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