Ecosystem

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.

LAGOON KOTYCHI

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 Araxos

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.

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.

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).

BLACK MOUNTAINS

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

The forest of Strofylia

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he 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.

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.