Reservoirs of former lake Karla

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
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT passage 1996 40 individuals A1, C1
Common Teal Anas crecca LC winter 1996 11,000 individuals B1i, C3
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC winter 1996 220 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC non-breeding 1996 abundant A1, C1

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)
Periochi Thessalikou Kampou Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 95,905 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Periochi Tamieftiron Proin Limnis Karlas Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 12,669 protected area contains site 6,074
Oros Mavrovouni Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 36,944 protected area is adjacent to site 114
Karla – Mavrovouni – Kefalovryso Velestinou – Neochori Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 46,991 protected area overlaps with site 557


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
water management -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Reservoirs of former lake Karla. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023.