Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR115 Mount Kohilas, Skyros island
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Criteria: A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Coordinates: 38o 46' N 24o 40' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-792 m
Area: 5500 ha

Site Description
A rugged mountain chain which forms high cliffs along the south-east coast of Skyros. The dominant vegetation is phrygana with small patches of grassland and Quercus and Acer woodland.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (25%, Inland cliffs; Scree and boulders; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Grassland (5%, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (70%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub)

Land use: agriculture (95%), not utilised (5%)

Protection status
National None International None
4097 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) SKYROS: OROS KOCHYLAS(GR2420006).

This is an important site for seabirds, raptors and species associated with scrub.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1996 - 60 good B2, C6
Emberiza cineracea Cinereous Bunting breeding 1994 - - unknown A1, B2, C1, C6
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1996 Common unknown B3, C6

Conservation issues
The most important threat is overgrazing of the phrygana. This is also preventing regeneration of the remnant patches of woodland. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: firewood collection (high), forest grazing (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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