Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR050 Mounts Orliakas and Tsourgiakas
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Criteria: B2, C6
Coordinates: 40o 2' N 21o 13' E (Map)
Altitude: 800-1400 m
Area: 10500 ha

Site Description
An area of low limestone mountains and gorges around the River Venetikos. The river has large areas of shingle along its course. The main habitats are oak Quercus forest, species-rich mixed forest and open wooded pasture. Human activities include forestry, recreation, livestock-farming and hunting.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (Arable land), Coastline/rocky areas (Inland cliffs; Scree and boulders), Forest (Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland), Grassland (Dry siliceous grassland), Shrubland (Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (Rivers and streams)

Land use: agriculture, forestry, tourism/recreation, urban/industrial/transport, water management

Protection status
National None International None

This is an important site for a range of species associated with forest and pasture.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco biarmicus Lanner Falcon resident 1996 1 1 unknown B2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from water abstraction from the river, unsustainable hunting, road building, recreational activities and undergrazing of the pastures.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (low), dredging/canalization (high), infrastructure (medium), recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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