The Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonas Management Authority participated in the British birdwatching fair “Birdfair” which took place from 18 to 20 of August 2017 in Engleton, Rutland. The Management Authority was there, together with other National Parks of Northern Greece, to inform the visitors of the fair about the possibilities to locate special bird species in the Axios Delta wetland ecosystem. With more than 35.000 visitors each year, the Birdfair is the most important such event organized worldwide.
The Axios Delta area is of worldwide ornithological importance, as considerable populations of rare birds stop, nest or overwinter here. These species include the Dalmatian pelican, the avocet, the black-tailed godwit, the night heron, the squacco, the collared pratincole and the pygmy cormorant, the oystercatcher and the Kentish Plover. Given its location on one of the main migratory routes in Europe, thousands of water birds stop in this wetland during the migration season in order to feed, while important numbers of waders at a European level gather here during the winter.
Among the highlights of the area are the Mediterranean gull, the slender-billed gull, the greater short toed lark and the many duck species seen in the area mainly during the winter.
A total of 297 species of birds have been documented in this area – that is, 66% of all bird species observed to present in Greece, and of these 106 nest here.