Nisyros island and surrounding islets This is an IBA in danger! 

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Chukar Alectoris chukar LC resident 1996 abundant B2
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata LC resident 1996 2 breeding pairs B2
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae LC breeding 1997 60 breeding pairs A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2
Rüppell's Warbler Curruca ruppeli LC breeding 1996 frequent B3
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia LC breeding 1996 common B3, C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2019 very high not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun Very little or no conservation action taking place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Notia Nisyros Kai Strongyli; Ifaistiako Pedio Kai Paraktia Thalassia Zoni Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 17,844 protected area overlaps with site 3,146
Nisos Nisyros Kai Nisides Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 4,727 is identical to site 0
Nisides Chondros, Marmaras, Gialesinos kai Kouloundros tis Symis.... klp. Katafygio Agrias Zois 1,502 protected area overlaps with site 0
Nisides Armathia kai Makronisi tis Kasou, Antitilos kai Gaidaros tis Tilou….klp Katafygio Agrias Zois 1,149 protected area overlaps with site 0
Agios Ioannis Theologou, Lakki, Trapezina, Profitis Ilias Nisou Nisyrou Katafygio Agrias Zois 1,633 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Broadleaved evergreen woodland -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Sea Open Sea, Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nisyros island and surrounding islets. Downloaded from on 18/08/2022.