More than 3,300 gulls and terns were counted in Axios Delta in summer 2017

08/09/2017Announcements

More than 2,000 breeding Black-headed and Slender-billed Gulls and 1,300 Common, Sandwich and Gull-billed Terns were counted in 2017 by the staff of the Axios Delta Management Agency, in the framework of the monitoring program.

The sand beaches at the estuaries of the protected area rivers are particularly important for nesting, and they host the unique colony of the Slender-billed and the largest colony of Black-headed Gulls in Greece.

In addition, for the third year running, the breeding of Caspian Terns was confirmed, with the presence of two pairs with chicks. Although often seen on migration, the islets of Axios are the only area in Greece where Caspians have been found to breed.

The slender-billed gull is a species caracterized as “vulnerable” by the Red Book of Threatend Animals in Greece Tasos Bounas

A black-headed gull colony in the Axios Delta Lia Papadranga

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