Lake Kerkini

Country/territory: Greece

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2000)
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Area: 12,000 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
Kerkini is a freshwater reservoir with reedbeds (Phragmites), some wet forest, and arable land.

Key biodiversity
A very important area for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds and raptors and breeding and migratory passerines. The site is valuable as a foraging area for raptors nesting elsewhere. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding, 2-4 wintering individuals), Aquila heliaca (1-3 wintering individuals), Falco naumanni (passage), Gallinago media (wintering).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Kerkini. Downloaded from on 29/11/2023.