Wetland ,Vourkari Megara. D3200

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The bay of Vourkari is near Agia Triada, at the periphery of Megara. Its a Wetland that is densily populated by different kind of birds. Its a popular destination for any bird watcher .

It was recently named as a Periphery Park with Presidential order.

Here is the intro form a report on the Wetland written from Vasilios Liordos, it can be found in whole here.

Seasonal trends of waterbirds at Vourkari inlet, western Attiki, Greece
Vasilios LIORDOS* Hellenic Forest Service, 12 Minoas str., GR-19100 Megara, Attiki, Greece
Received: 30 September 2009 Accepted after revision: 28 July 2010

The waterbird assemblage of a small shallow coastal wetland, the Vourkari inlet, western Attiki, Greece, was studied in 2008. Weekly counts revealed distinctive seasonal patterns of occurrence and abundance. A total of 54 species of waterbirds were recorded, 22 of which were regular visitors and 32 scarce vagrants and were classified as residents, winter and early spring migrants, autumn migrants, and spring migrants. The highest total numbers of individuals were observed in winter and early spring migration. The monthly number of species varied from 6 in June to 29 in October and was not correlated with the monthly total population size (rs=0.420, n=12, ns). The yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis), little egret (Egretta garzetta), grey heron (Ardea cinerea), common redshank (Tringa totanus) and dunlin (Calidris alpina) were regularly observed in most of the months, whilst the black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus), Mediterranean gull (Larus melanocephalus), yellow-legged gull, sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis), great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), common redshank and little egret were the most abundant. The inlet holds nationally important wintering populations of the common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), little egret, common redshank and sandwich tern. At least 13 of the regularly occurring species have an unfavourable conservation status on the national and/or international level. The Vourkari inlet hosts a diverse waterbird assemblage and its value lies more in its use as a feeding, roosting and staging site for wintering and migrating waterbirds. The inlet is currently threatened by overexploitation and conservation efforts should focus therefore on its protection and improvement through the designation of a wildlife refuge and with appropriate habitat manage

Here are some photos I took when I passed from there.

Vourkari Megara

Vourkari Megara

Vourkari Megara

Vourkari Megara

Vourkari Megara

More photos in my Flickr album.

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