A man-made set of sewage treatment pools on the meandering course of the seasonal Pedieos River across the open expanses of the Mesaoria Plain. This newly identified IBA is on the outskirts of the capital, Nicosia, and north of the island’s UN-controlled buffer zone. The site has regularly attracted small but significant numbers of the globally threatened Whiteheaded Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) in the winter months. It is also among the ‘top 5’ breeding sites in Cyprus for two key breeding waders, the Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) and the Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus). It also hosts a small but significant breeding number of Calandra Larks (Melanocorypha calandra).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mia Milia Sewage Treatment Plant. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/12/2019.