ECOSYSTEMS - WETLANDS

 
 

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.

 

The dunes are a type of coastal habitat and play a significant role in the entire forest and wetlands ecosystem. They are a natural filter and flood barrier against salt water, which absorb the energy from the waves thus preventing the erosion of the coastal zone and providing protection to the wild fauna and flora. Plants that flourish on the sandy shores include the sea lily (Pancratium maritimum), Ammophila arenaria, Galactites tomentosa, which have adapted to cope with this hostile environment that is defined by strong winds with a high salt and sand content.

Sand Dunes

The wading birds nibbling on invertebrates and the endangered Caretta caretta turtle laying its eggs in the sand during the summer months are just some of the numerous species that nest, lay eggs and search for their food on the sandy shores.

 



 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meeting with Forest Offices 31 March 2014

MEETING IN STROFYLIA FOR FIRE SEASON

Lappa, 15 April 2014 

Wetlands Day 2 Feb 2014

EVENT OF OIKIPA AND OF MANAGEMENT BODY OF KOTYCHI - STROFYLIA WETLANDS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF WELANDS 2014.

Lappa, 13 February 2014 

Press Conference in Lechaina 27 Jan 2014

AWARENESS AND COOPERATION PROGRAMME FOR STAKEHOLDERS AND CITIZENS OF THE AREA

 Lappa, 04/02/2014

Press Conference at Patras 27 Jan 2014

AWARENESS AND COOPERATION PROGRAMME OF THE STAKEHOLDERS AND CITIZENS OF THE AREA

 Lappa, 04/02/2014 

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