Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR022 Mount Beles (Kerkini)
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Criteria: B2, C6
Coordinates: 41o 20' N 23o 4' E (Map)
Altitude: 100-2031 m
Area: 34000 ha

Site Description
A remote mountain range characterized by bare summits, wooded slopes, gorges and scree slopes.

Habitats: Forest (90%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland), Grassland (10%, Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland)

Land use: agriculture (10%), forestry (85%), military (5%)

Protection status
National None International None
25550 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) OROS BELLES(GR1260010).

This is an important area for breeding and passage raptors and alpine and forest species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding), Aquila clanga (wintering), Aquila heliaca (wintering), Falco naumanni (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Accipiter brevipes Levant Sparrowhawk breeding 1996 5 10 unknown B2
Aquila pomarina Lesser Spotted Eagle breeding 1996 4 8 unknown B2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are the replacement of native forest with Pinus plantations and illegal hunting. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: afforestation (high), deforestation (commercial) (unknown), infrastructure (unknown), intensified forest management (unknown), selective logging/cutting (low), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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