Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR102 Mount Othrys
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Criteria: B2, B3, C6
Coordinates: 39o 4' N 22o 40' E (Map)
Altitude: 400-1726 m
Area: 84000 ha

Site Description
A mountainous site with grazed plateaus and some, mainly Abies- dominated, forest. Human activities include livestock-farming, forestry, and hunting.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (5%, Inland cliffs), Forest (15%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland), Grassland (40%, Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Dry siliceous grassland; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (40%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub)

Land use: agriculture (90%), forestry (10%), tourism/recreation (5%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
1,310ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Bathi Greki/Kokoton- I.M. Xenias, 1,310ha). 1,470ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Platanos, 1,470ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Pr. Ilias-Afrati/Lamias-Divris, 3,550ha). 1,700ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Sapounas/Neraida, 1,700ha). 1,230ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Neraida- Logitsi, 1,230ha). 1,450ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Taratsa/Pelasgias-Milon, 1,450ha). 540ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Fardikoli-Peria-Ag. Vlasias/Vrinainas-Ag. Ioannou, 540ha).

The site is important for breeding raptors, forest and upland species.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Circaetus gallicus Short-toed Snake-eagle breeding 1996 4 6 average C6
Falco biarmicus Lanner Falcon resident 1996 Uncommon average B2, C6
Monticola saxatilis Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush breeding 1996 Frequent average B2
Emberiza cirlus Cirl Bunting resident 1996 Abundant average B3

Conservation issues
The main threats are from hunting and the use of poison baits, and infrastructure developments.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (medium), deforestation (commercial) (low), firewood collection (low), forest grazing (low), infrastructure (medium), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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