Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR151 Northern Sifnos
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Criteria: B2
Coordinates: 37o 0' N 24o 41' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-530 m
Area: 3000 ha

Site Description
An area of cliffs covered by maquis, phrygana, and olive-groves. Human activities include agriculture, tourism, fishing and hunting.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (25%, Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Inland cliffs; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Sea/marine area (5%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (55%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (5%, Sand dunes and beaches)

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

Protection status
National Partial International None
150ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Profitis Ilias/Apollonia Sifnou, 150ha).

This is an important site for breeding raptors and for passage migrants.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1996 5 50 poor B2

Conservation issues
The main threats are from hunting, infrastructure and tourism developments. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: drainage (medium), industrialization/urbanization (medium), infrastructure (medium), recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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