Northern Evros and Ardas riparian forest

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax LC breeding 1997 120 breeding pairs B2, C6
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC non-breeding 1997 40 individuals A1, C1
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes LC breeding 1997 20 breeding pairs B2
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus LC resident 1997 common B3, C6
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor LC breeding 1997 common B2, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Parapotamio Dasos Voreiou Evrou Kai Arda Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 25,162 protected area overlaps with site 17,038
Kalos Gyalos (Platis-Arzou-Rizion) Katafygio Agrias Zois 455 protected area contained by site 0
Kalos Gialas/Plati - Arzou - Rizion - Filakiou Wildlife Refuge 400 protected area overlaps with site 400


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
military -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Northern Evros and Ardas riparian forest. Downloaded from on 02/03/2024.