A volcanic island south of the island of Kos. The island is covered by a mixture of phrygana, maquis and areas of Quercus and Pinus woodland. Half of the islet of Giali is Pinus forest the other half a pumice-stone mine. Human activities include livestock-farming, tourism, and hunting.
The area is important for migratory species.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats to the site are from forest destruction for firewood, pumice-stone mining on Giali, overgrazing, fires set by shepherds, increasing tourism and seasonal hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
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BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nisyros island and surrounding islets. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 19/08/2022.