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GR126 Mount Ymittos
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Criteria: A3, B3, C6
Coordinates: 37o 56' N 23o 48' E (Map)
Altitude: 200-1100 m
Area: 8000 ha

Site Description
A mountainous massif between Athens and the Mesogia plain. Much of the area consists of rocky slopes with phrygana and other scrub. The western area of the site is a Pinus plantation, now regenerating naturally.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (Inland cliffs; Scree and boulders), Forest (Native coniferous woodland), Shrubland (Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture, not utilised, tourism/recreation, urban/industrial/transport

Protection status
National Partial International None
2,000ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Dim. Dasos Ymittou, 2,000ha).

The site is particularly important for species associated with phrygana. Breeding birds include seven of the 21 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Mediterranean biome. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Oenanthe hispanica Black-eared Wheatear breeding 1996 Common unknown A3
Sitta neumayer Western Rock-nuthatch resident 1996 Abundant unknown A3, B3
Sylvia rueppelli Rueppell's Warbler breeding 1996 Common unknown A3, B3
Sylvia melanocephala Sardinian Warbler resident 1996 Abundant unknown A3
Sylvia cantillans Subalpine Warbler breeding 1996 Abundant unknown A3
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1996 Frequent unknown A3, B3, C6
Emberiza melanocephala Black-headed Bunting breeding 0 - - unknown A3

Conservation issues
The major threat to the area is the expansion of urban and industrial developments and their associated infrastructure. Fires are also a frequent problem. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: burning of vegetation (high), industrialization/urbanization (high), infrastructure (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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