A wetland complex including coastal lagoons, a seasonal brackish marsh, extensive saltmarshes and sandflats and a freshwater marsh with reedbeds (Phragmites). Both lakes dry out in late summer. Human activities include arable cultivation, fishing, hunting, and aquaculture.
The site is important for migratory waders and raptors and wintering wildfowl. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lakes Khortaro and Alyki, Moudros gulf, Diapori fen, and Fakos peninsula. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/08/2019.