Lagoons of Kerkyra island

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The site covers four separate coastal wetlands in Corfu. These include brackish lagoons (Korission, Antinioti, and Chalikopoulou), saltpans (Lefkimis) and freshwater marshes and sand-dunes (Korission-Antinioti).

Key biodiversity
Korission and Antinioti lagoons are important for cormorants, herons and ducks, while Lefkimi lagoon is important for shorebirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (passage), Aythya nyroca (passage), Aquila clanga (wintering).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from water management and drainage and intensive tourism development. Chalikopoulou lagoon is seriously threatened from infilling, urbanization and the expansion of an airport. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lagoons of Kerkyra island. Downloaded from on 05/12/2021.