Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR120 Mount Taigetos
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Criteria: A1, A3, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 36o 58' N 22o 19' E (Map)
Altitude: 150-2407 m
Area: 70000 ha

Site Description
A mountainous area with Pinus and Abies forests, treeline ecotone habitat and maquis.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (5%, Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Coastline/rocky areas (15%, Inland cliffs; Scree and boulders), Forest (55%, Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone), Shrubland (30%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: forestry, other, tourism/recreation, water management

Protection status
National Low International None
1,000ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Doubitsa- Kentreas- Vribitsa/Exochoriou, 1,000ha). 1,300ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Lada/Karveliou, 1,300ha).48783 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) OROS TAYGETOS - LAGKADA TRYPIS(GR2550009).

This is an important site for breeding raptors and species associated with open montane habitats. Breeding birds include seven of the 21 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Mediterranean biome.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Alectoris graeca Rock Partridge resident 1996 Uncommon unknown A3
Hieraaetus fasciatus Bonelli's Eagle resident 1996 3 4 unknown B2, C6
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel breeding 1996 3 10 unknown A1, C1
Lanius senator Woodchat Shrike breeding 1996 Common unknown B2
Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Red-billed Chough resident 1997 200 - good C2
Pyrrhocorax graculus Yellow-billed Chough resident 1996 Uncommon unknown A3
Monticola solitarius Blue Rock-thrush resident 1996 Common unknown B2
Oenanthe hispanica Black-eared Wheatear breeding 1996 Abundant unknown A3
Sitta neumayer Western Rock-nuthatch resident 1996 Common unknown A3
Sylvia hortensis Orphean Warbler breeding 1996 Uncommon unknown B2
Sylvia rueppelli Rueppell's Warbler breeding 1996 Uncommon unknown A3, B3
Sylvia melanocephala Sardinian Warbler resident 1996 Abundant unknown A3
Sylvia cantillans Subalpine Warbler breeding 1996 Common unknown A3
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1996 Uncommon unknown A3

Conservation issues
The major threats are from forest fires and the subsequent erosion and overgrazing. Expansion of the road network and quarrying are additional threats. The introduction of Alectoris chukar is a potential threat to the Alectoris graeca population. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: burning of vegetation (high), consequences of animal/plant introductions (unknown), disturbance to birds (medium), extraction industry (medium), forest grazing (high), infrastructure (medium), selective logging/cutting (low), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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