Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR147 Central Andros island
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Criteria: B3, C6
Coordinates: 37o 50' N 24o 53' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-990 m
Area: 22750 ha

Site Description
An inaccessible area of gorges and sea cliffs, dominated by scrub. Human activities include livestock-farming and limited arable agriculture.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Inland cliffs; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Shrubland (80%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (80%), not utilised (10%), tourism/recreation (5%), urban/industrial/transport (5%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
650ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Stenies- M. Ag. Nikolaou/Androu, 650ha). 1,700ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Steno Kothiou, 1,700ha). 470ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Kolympar- Zagarniari/Palaiopoleas- Pitrofou- Messarias, 470ha). 250ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Synetiou/Synetiou-Androu, 250ha).

The site is important for raptors and species associated with cliffs and scrub.

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

Conservation issues
The scale of the threat posed by hunting is currently unknown. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: recreation/tourism (low), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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