Symi island and surrounding islets

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2012

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii VU breeding 1997-2012 32-73 breeding pairs A1, B2, C1, C6
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae LC breeding 2005 - B2

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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Nisides Chondros, Marmaras, Gialesinos kai Kouloundros tis Symis.... klp. Katafygio Agrias Zois 1,502 protected area overlaps with site 0
Erimonisia Seskli-Nimos (Symis) Katafygio Agrias Zois 649 protected area contained by site 0
Anatoliko Tmima Nisou Symis Kai Nisides Kouloundros Seskli; Troumpeto, Marmaras, Karavalonisi, Megalonisi, Gialesino, Oxeia, Chondros, Platy, Nimos Kai Thalassia Periochi Nisou Symis Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 9,875 protected area contained by site 2,303


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Sea Open Sea, Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores, Rock stacks and islets -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Other urban and industrial areas, Ruderal land -
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 -
military -
tourism/recreation -
not utilised -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

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