A coastal wetland complex. It consists of the freshwater Lake Mitrikou, surrounded by extensive reedbeds (Phragmites), coastal lagoons and saltmarsh.
The area is important for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds, and breeding species associated with reedbeds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Branta ruficollis (0-3 wintering individuals), Oxyura leucocephala (wintering), Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering), Aquila heliaca (passage), Falco naumanni (passage), Larus audouinii. The site holds 20,000 waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis (including Tadorna tadorna 2,500; Anas penelope 6,000; Anas crecca 3,500; Anas platyrhynchos 10,000; Recurvirostra avosetta 2,500; Larus ridibundus 3,000).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Ismarida (Mitrikou). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/12/2019.