Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR053 Antikhassia mountains and Meteora
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Criteria: B2, B3, C2, C6
Coordinates: 39o 45' N 21o 35' E (Map)
Altitude: 200-1416 m
Area: 65000 ha

Site Description
A mountainous site with broadleaved deciduous woodland, cliffs, and riverine forest in the valleys. Human activities include forestry, stock-raising, hunting, and recreation.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (25%, Arable land), Coastline/rocky areas (5%, Inland cliffs), Forest (30%, Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland), Grassland (15%, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (30%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (80%), forestry (30%), tourism/recreation

Protection status
National Partial International Partial
855 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Arkoudorema-Plastira/Spathadon, 855 ha). 2,000 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Gerakariou, 2,000 ha). 700 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Kanalaki/Kastrakiou-Vlachavas, 700 ha). Part of IBA covered by Controlled Hunting Area (Koziakas, 48,360 ha). 375 ha of IBA covered by World Heritage Site (Meteora Group of Monasteries, 375 ha).
55220 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) POTAMOS PINIOS - ANTICHASIA ORI(GR1440005).

This is an important area for breeding raptors, forest species and species associated with open montane habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (non-breeding), Falco naumanni (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Dendrocopos medius Middle Spotted Woodpecker resident 1994 50 100 unknown B3, C6
Dendrocopos leucotos White-backed Woodpecker resident 1994 5 20 unknown C2
Picus viridis Eurasian Green Woodpecker resident 1994 50 100 unknown B2
Athene noctua Little Owl resident 1994 - 100 unknown B2
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture breeding 1996 - 10 unknown B2, C6
Circaetus gallicus Short-toed Snake-eagle breeding 1994 7 10 unknown B2, C6
Accipiter brevipes Levant Sparrowhawk breeding 1994 14 30 unknown B2
Aquila pomarina Lesser Spotted Eagle breeding 1994 6 8 unknown B2, C6
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shrike breeding 1994 100 300 unknown B2, C6
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1994 20 100 unknown B3, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats come from the extraction industry and recreational activities. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (unknown), extraction industry (unknown), intensified forest management (unknown), recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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