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GR149 Northern Syros
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Criteria: B2
Coordinates: 37o 29' N 24o 56' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-442 m
Area: 4000 ha

Site Description
The northern part of Syros and the surrounding rocky islets, characterized by coastal and inland cliffs, and dominated by phrygana. Human activities include livestock-farming, fishing and hunting.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (5%, Arable land), Coastline/rocky areas (20%, Inland cliffs; Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Shrubland (75%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (80%), fisheries/aquaculture, not utilised

Protection status
National Low International None
300ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Akro BD Pleura/Ano Syrou, 300ha).

An important site for passage raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (passage), Haliaeetus albicilla (passage), Larus audouinii (20 wintering individuals).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1997 Common unknown B2

Conservation issues
The main threats to are from high hunting and grazing pressure.Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (medium), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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