Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR021 Mount Kroussia (or Mavrovouni)
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Criteria: A1, B2, C1, C6
Coordinates: 41o 10' N 23o 9' E (Map)
Altitude: 100-1150 m
Area: 18000 ha

Site Description
Forested hills south of Lake Kerkini. Fagus forest dominates at higher altitudes and Quercus on the lower slopes.

Habitats: Forest (80%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland), Shrubland (20%, Scrub)

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

Protection status
National None International None
28200 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) TECHNITI LIMNI KERKINIS - OROS KROUSIA(GR1260008).

This is an important IBA for breeding and passage raptors and breeding forest passerines. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (2- 4 resident individuals), Aquila heliaca (passage), Falco naumanni (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Aquila clanga Greater Spotted Eagle winter 0 Common unknown A1, C1
Hieraaetus pennatus Booted Eagle breeding 1996 1 5 unknown B2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are logging and hunting. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: deforestation (commercial) (high), disturbance to birds (unknown), firewood collection (unknown), infrastructure (unknown), intensified forest management (low), selective logging/cutting (unknown), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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