Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR124 Mount Parnitha
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Criteria: B3, C6
Coordinates: 38o 10' N 23o 43' E (Map)
Altitude: 200-1413 m
Area: 19400 ha

Site Description
The higher parts of the mountain are dominated by Abies forest and lower areas by Pinus forest, maquis and phrygana. Part of the site is a military area. The main human activity is recreation and tourism.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (5%, Inland cliffs), Forest (55%, Native coniferous woodland), Grassland (5%, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (41%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: military (5%), not utilised, tourism/recreation (10%)

Protection status
National Partial International Partial
3,812 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Parnitha, 3,812 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Voutima/Avlonas, 1,188 ha). 10,070 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Dasoktima Tatoiou-Salonikis-Loimikou-Sinidioktito, 10,070 ha).
14950 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) ETHNIKOS DRYMOS PARNITHAS(GR3000009).

This is an important area for species associated with conifer forests and upland scrub.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1997 Common unknown B3, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from disturbance and tourism. A National Park management plan is currently being prepared. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: burning of vegetation (medium), disturbance to birds (medium), recreation/tourism (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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