Gavdopoula

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Gavdopoula
Native name:
Γαυδοπούλα
Gavdopoula.jpg
The islet of Gavdopoula
GR Gavdos.PNG
Geography
Coordinates34°53′N 24°01′E / 34.883°N 24.017°E / 34.883; 24.017
ArchipelagoCretan Islands
Area2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Administration
Greece
RegionCrete
Regional unitChania
Demographics
Population3 (2001)
Pop. density2 /km2 (5 /sq mi)
Vehicle registrationΧΝ

Gavdopoula (Greek: Γαυδοπούλα, [ɣavðoˈpula]) is an islet located north-west of its larger neighbour, Gavdos, in the Libyan Sea. It is located to the south of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania, it is part of the municipality of Gavdos, and it was part of the former Selino Province.

Nature[edit]

Gavdopoula is covered with phrygana (φρύγανα) low-lying shrubs, it is an important stop for migrating birds.[1]

Proposed Container Shipping Development[edit]

In 1998 the islet was the proposed site of an enormous container shipping storage facility. Environmentalists campaigned successfully to block the development and Gavdopoula is now a protected nature reserve and notably for migrating birds.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ European populations of migratory birds Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine, Natural History Museum of Crete of the University of Crete, Flora and Fauna on Gavdos, Gavdos Online Service Archived 2010-03-10 at the Wayback Machine, March 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Going to Gavdos by DeTraci Regula, About.com