Amvrakia Lake

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Amvrakia Lake

Amvrakia is located in the prefecture of  Aitoloakarnania between Agrinio and Amfilochia. It is an important wetland with rich birdlife and rich lakeside vegetation on its western area. It is wetted by rainfall, snow melting, torrents, springs and an underground hydrological basin. It belongs to the lakes of sulphate type and it has high concentrations of sulphate ions. This is due to the rocks of the mountains around the lake that are made of plaster.

As a natural resource, with the generously supplies of water, it bravely supported the economy of the region (tobacco growing, livestock farming). It offered and still offers income to several fishermen from the villages of the Municipality. Some well-known fish are carps, tsourouklos and galanides. Besides, the name of the nearest settlement of Ribios, perhaps comes from the Slavic word (Rybbje ryba) which means fish. Observers of the lake will be able to discern with patience wild ducks, ashtotskianiades, cormorants, etc.- aquatic and waders depending on the season. The presence of large endangered raptors is also important as cruciferous eagles and golden-eagles.

On its western shores there is a rich wooded environment dominated by the laurel, which is intertwined with hollies, and perennial oak trees. The aroma of oregano, chamomile, thyme blends with that of the aquarelle. East of Amvrakia is Petalas (Thymon Mountain), where the second largest oak forest of Aitoloakarnania is located, after the one of Xiromeros.