Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR111 Dirfi, Xirovouni, Skotini, Mavrovouni, Alokteri and Ortari mountains and the vicinity of Kimi
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Criteria: B3, C6
Coordinates: 38o 38' N 23o 45' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-1743 m
Area: 45000 ha

Site Description
Steep mountains with numerous cliffs and Castanea and Abies forest. Human activities include forestry, stock-raising, and hunting.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (Inland cliffs; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Forest (Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland), Grassland (Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture, forestry, tourism/recreation

Protection status
National Partial International None
674ha of IBA covered by Aesthetic Forest (Steni Aesthetic Forest, 674ha). 677ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Stenis Dirfys Chalkidas, 677ha). 212ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Tsirloneri- Ortari/Kymis- Vitalou, 212ha). 2,500ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Makiolivado- Virgini- Koutas/Pagontas, Markaton, Ag. Sofiar, Attalis, 2,500ha). 500ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Klimataria- Koutoupas/Glifades, 500ha). 3,400ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Kaditiko- Pasiotioka/Kadiou- Ag.Vlassiou- Manikion, 3,400ha).

This is an important area for breeding raptors and species characteristic of forest and scrub. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (non-breeding).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1996 Frequent unknown B3, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from fires, deforestation and hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: burning of vegetation (high), deforestation (commercial) (medium), recreation/tourism (unknown), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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