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The history of Lake Karla reveals how the links between the natural environment and the local communities have come apart.The lake was once one of the best-known wetlands in the Mediterranean, with a high degree of biodiversity and a distinct local culture, which was particularly pronounced within the fishing communities of the region

Today a great effort is underway to recreate the lake ecosystem so as to revive the ancient lake once more, even to a smaller size.This important work is proceeding satisfactorily and the restoration efforts are positively impacting its fauna.


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According to the Hellenic Ornithological Society, over 200 different kinds of birds have been documented in Lake Karla (with 450 in the whole of Greece). The Society's winter counts in mid-January revealed that Lake Karla was buzzing with over 22,700 birds in 2012, ranking fourth in the number of waterfowl, right after the country's large key wetlands (Ambracian Gulf, Evros and Messolongi). In 2015 the Society recorded 660 pelicans in Karla, making it the fourth largest colony in Greece for this emblematic bird species threatened with extinction. Note that Greece hosts 20% of the world population of the species, making it the most important country for the species on a global scale.

Its wetland remains to be rediscovered again – with the due respect this time – by today’s visitors. Lake Karla,with its otherworldly atmosphere in among the ruins of ancient settlements creates a paradisiacal refuge for all who seek the absolute peace and solitude that only nature can bring.