Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

 

The rare and endangered dune habitat is encountered upon exiting the forest comprised of a mixture of Pinus halepensis and Pineus Pinea trees and travelling towards the coastal zone. The dunes are formed by sea sand that moves with the aid of the westerly winds and the Ionian Sea waves. This process provides them with their characteristic undulating shape in a north to south direction. The dunes occupy an area of 200 hectares and can reach heights of up to 10 metres and widths from 20 – 500 metres.

 

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STROFYLIA FOREST WITH A VIEW FROM THE BLACK MOUNTAINS

The forest of Strofylia

 

The renowned Strofylia forest is situated in the north-western section of the protected region and is the most extensive Pinus pinea in Greece and one of the largest in Europe.

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Black Mountains

Black Mountains

The Black Mountains are situated in the northern section of the protection region, below Araxos Lagoon and next to Prokopos Lagoon.

Their name refers to the characteristic black appearance of the vegetation from afar. They are comprised of compact limestone with traces of parent rock and reach a height of 240 metres.

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Wet Meadows

Wet Meadows

Open meadows of varying sizes spread out around the lagoons and marshes that are seasonally flooded. The meadows are dry during the warmer months and become a nesting habitat for rare species of birds like the collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola) and the little tern (Sterna albifrons).

 

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Marsh Lamia

Marsh Lamia

A little to the south of Prokopos lagoon one will encounter the Lamia marsh, which is a shallow swamp with an extensive surface area. Only one road separates Lamia from Prokopos and the two ecosystems communicate when there is heavy rainfall.

 

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Lagoon Araxos

Lagoon Araxos (or Papa or Kalogria)

 

Araxos Lagoon is situated on the borders of the protected region at the north-west edge of the Peloponnese. 

It has an area of 450 hectares and an averaged depth of 0.5 – 2.5 metres.

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Lagoon Prokopos

Lagoon Prokopos

 

Prokopos Lagoon is bounded to the north and extensive aquaculture takes place at Prokopos Lagoon.

Frequent visitors at Prokopos Lagoon are the coots, ducks, herons, waders and black winged stilts.


Lagoon Kotychi

Lagoon Kotychi

Kotychi Lagoon is the largest Lagoon in the Peloponnese with an area of approximately 750 hectares and an average depth of 0.40 – 1.0 metres. It is situated to the north of the Lehaina region and is separated from the Ionian Sea on the west side by a narrow 5 kilometre length sand strip.

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