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Thessaloniki Area

West of Thessaloniki

Aliakmon, Axios and Gallikos Deltas and Alikes Kitrous saltworks and lagoon.

This vast area lies south-west of Thessaloniki. Now largely agricultural, it is punctuated by several rivers running between embankments to the sea. The area includes a colony of 25 pairs of Purple Heron, up to 10 pairs of Glossy Ibis, a pair of White-tailed Eagle and a large colony of Mediterranean Gulls. Kalohori often turns up good waders and Wilson’s Phalarope and Pectoral Sandpiper were surprise visitors in 2007 and, in 2010, 7 Terek and 3 Broad-billed Sandpipers were there together. A few km south is a large, purpose-built observation tower provides an excellent view across marshland. Nearby are the Alikes Kitrous saltworks and lagoon which hold passage waders and plenty of winter duck.

East of Thessaloniki

Angelohori Lagoon

This area of saltpans and lagoon, can hold good numbers of passage waders. this was the case during a visit in September ’10 with more than 400 particularly around the western and southern shores. Most numerous were Kentish Plover, with Black-tailed Godwit, good numbers of Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Little Stint and several Marsh and Common Sandpipers, Avocet and 7 Stone Curlew. Plenty of Mediterranean Gull were accompanied by a few Slender-billed and Sandwich, Little and Common Terns, with 300 Flamingo and a dozen Spoonbill.

It seems that entry by car has been curtailed but it is still possible to walk along the track between the pans and the sea.


Epanomi Lagoon

Further south lies Epanomi Lagoon which, although having deteriorated somewhat in recent years, can also hold passage waders.


Thanks to the Axios - Loudias - Aliakmonos Management Authority for their data

Axios May 2012

A count on the 12th produced 35 Dalmatian Pelicans, 114 Glossy Ibis, 116 Spoonbill, 153 Flamingo and 6 Red-crested Pochard. Raptors were represented by 5 Long-legged Buzzard and singles of Greater and Lesser Spotted Eagles and Montagu's Harrier. Good numbers of waders included 188 Avocet, 336 Black-winged Stilt, 157 Ruff, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Spur-winged Plover and a Terek Sandpiper.

The Terek was still at Kalohori on 25th but high water levels meant that much good wader habitat had disappeared resulting in small numbers of Ruff, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpipers only. 40 Glossy Ibis were in wet fields west of the Axios River and 2 pairs of Spur-winged Plover were along the coast.

Around 15 pairs of Common Tern are nesting on the new Birdwing platform near Kalohori.


Thanks to Eva Katrana and Christos Panagiotidis from the Management Authority for their data.

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