Thursday, November 23, 2017

  

A wetland with sweet, salty and brackish water, reeds, trees, halophytic vegetation and wet meadows, which floods regularly. The wetland of Schinias is consisting of a marine bay into a lagoon and a marsh with bilateral supply from the shore (torrents and springs) and the sea.
The Wetland of these ecosystem hosts a large number of migratory birds during the migration seasons and attracts thousands of visitors and birdwatchers every year and is equipped with special observatory view posts.
The wetland performs a number of valuable ecological functions: Supports wide variety of life, holds rainwater, enriches with this aquifer and ensures the balance of the climate.
After the hydraulic works, that were implemented, (broaching of drainage ditches in 1923 and the salination of water lines), the quantity of water resulting in the wetland had been limited. Moreover, the abstractions and the alteration of the hydrologic regime from the draining channels, led to the gradual extinction of small habitats of the area and mainly of the seasonal ponds.

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