Lake Kourna, Almyros delta and Georgioupolis coast, Crete

Country/territory: Greece

IBA Criteria met: C7 (2000)
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Area: 4,430 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description
The site contains one of the few freshwater lakes in Crete, as well as coastal marshes, a brackish lake, sand-dunes, cliffs and a marine zone.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding, migrant and wintering waterbirds and passerines. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (wintering), Aythya nyroca (wintering), Aquila clanga (passage), Gallinago media (passage, wintering), Larus audouinii (wintering).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Kourna, Almyros delta and Georgioupolis coast, Crete. Downloaded from on 29/01/2023.