Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR154 Mounts Dias, Mavrovouni and Koronos
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Criteria: B2, B3, C6
Coordinates: 37o 0' N 25o 30' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-1004 m
Area: 27000 ha

Site Description
Mountains covered with phrygana and to a lesser degree with maquis and forest. Human activities include livestock-farming, fishing and hunting. The pastures are managed with fire.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (25%, Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land), Coastline/rocky areas (15%, Inland cliffs; Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Forest (10%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland), Sea/marine area (5%, Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (45%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub)

Land use: agriculture (80%), fisheries/aquaculture (5%), not utilised (10%), water management (5%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
346ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Fanari/Filotiou Naxou, 346ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Troulos/Filotiou Naxou, 1,200ha). 480ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Za/Koronou Naxou, 480ha).11938 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NAXOS: ORI ANATHEMATISTRA, KORONOS, MAVROVOUNI, ZEFS, VIGLATOURI(GR4220026).

This is an important site for passage and breeding raptors and species associated with scrub.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Athene noctua Little Owl resident 1996 Common unknown B2
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard resident 1997 5 6 average B2
Hieraaetus fasciatus Bonelli's Eagle resident 1996 2 3 good B2
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1995 Common unknown B3, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from overgrazing, fire and the use of poisoned baits. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (medium), agricultural intensification/expansion (high), aquaculture/fisheries (low), burning of vegetation (high), disturbance to birds (high), firewood collection (low), forest grazing (low), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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