Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR015 Mount Falakro
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Criteria: B2, C6
Coordinates: 41o 17' N 24o 5' E (Map)
Altitude: 70-2232 m
Area: 20000 ha

Site Description
A mountainous area dissected by deep valleys with extensive alpine grassland, areas of scrub and some forest.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (5%, Inland cliffs), Forest (20%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone), Grassland (30%, Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (40%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (80%), forestry (20%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Korilovou- Kallifytou/Dramas, 2,480ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Reserve (Xiropotanou/ Xiropotanou- Petrousas, 2,310ha).

This is an important area for breeding raptors, forest birds and species characteristic of open grassland.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Burhinus oedicnemus Eurasian Thick-knee breeding 1990 10 25 poor B2, C6
Circaetus gallicus Short-toed Snake-eagle breeding 1995 6 10 poor B2, C6
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle resident 1995 2 4 average C6

Conservation issues
The main threat is from industrial expansion around the lower slopes. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: deforestation (commercial) (medium), industrialization/urbanization (high), recreation/tourism (low), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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