Oropos is a small town 54 km north of Athens, by the sea. It is known as a summer resort for residents of Athens. What is little known though, is its nature reserve, the Oropos Lagoon. The whole lagoon area is about 65 ha. 154 bird species have been counted as permanent or temporary residents of the lagoon. The sea at the tip of the nature reserve is used by kite surfers and the spectacle sometimes is impressive. Others, choose the sea for sailing, as it is protected by the island of Evia, and the sea rarely gets very rough.
Though a protected area, there are a few threats for the nature reserve. The kite surfers have made a dust road right through the marsh. Access to the kite surfers’ beach should be controlled so that damages to the nature reserve are minimised.
Bird watchers will love Oropos lagoon, especially in winter and early spring. Some of the bird kinds spotted there, are shown below.
The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Little egret (egretta garzetta)
Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus)
Osprey or sea hawk ( Pandion haliaetus)
Mediterranean gull (Larus melanocephalus)
Eurasian spoonbill ( Platalea leucorodia)