Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR060 Mavrovouni mountain, Larissa
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Criteria: A1, A3, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 39o 35' N 22o 49' E (Map)
Altitude: 100-1054 m
Area: 17000 ha

Site Description
A mountain between the Thessalian plain and Aegean Sea. The north-east facing slopes are well forested, whilst the south-western slopes are dominated by scrub.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (5%, Inland cliffs), Forest (50%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland), Grassland (5%, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (35%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (40%), forestry (50%), tourism/recreation

Protection status
National Partial International High
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Dasia Platania/Skitis-Amigdalis-Potamias, 804 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mavrovouni/Sklithrou, 1,091 ha). 0 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Polidendriou, 3,530 ha).
36454 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) OROS MAVROVOUNI(GR1420006).

The site is important for its resident raptors and forest species. Breeding birds include nine of the 21 species that are restricted in Europe to the Mediterranean biome (when breeding). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila clanga (wintering), Aquila heliaca (non-breeding).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Alectoris graeca Rock Partridge resident 1995 20 50 poor A3
Dendrocopos medius Middle Spotted Woodpecker resident 1995 50 100 average B3, C6
Dendrocopos leucotos White-backed Woodpecker resident 1995 10 30 poor C2
Accipiter brevipes Levant Sparrowhawk breeding 1995 10 20 average B2
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard resident 1995 6 8 average B2, C6
Aquila pomarina Lesser Spotted Eagle breeding 1995 4 5 average C6
Hieraaetus pennatus Booted Eagle breeding 1994 4 6 poor B2, C6
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel passage 1995 Abundant average A1, C1
Falco biarmicus Lanner Falcon resident 1995 1 3 average B2, C6
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shrike breeding 1995 100 300 average B2, C6
Lanius senator Woodchat Shrike breeding 1995 100 300 average B2
Lanius nubicus Masked Shrike breeding 1995 5 10 average A3, B2
Oenanthe hispanica Black-eared Wheatear breeding 1995 Common average A3
Sitta neumayer Western Rock-nuthatch resident 1995 Frequent average A3
Hippolais olivetorum Olive-tree Warbler breeding 1995 20 50 average A3, C6
Sylvia hortensis Orphean Warbler breeding 1995 50 100 average B2
Sylvia melanocephala Sardinian Warbler resident 1995 Common average A3
Sylvia cantillans Subalpine Warbler breeding 1995 Abundant average A3
Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar's Bunting breeding 1995 10 30 poor A3
Emberiza melanocephala Black-headed Bunting breeding 1995 Abundant average A3

Conservation issues
The main threats are from infrastructure developments and more intensive forest management. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (low), extraction industry (medium), firewood collection (unknown), forest grazing (low), infrastructure (high), intensified forest management (high), recreation/tourism (high), selective logging/cutting (medium), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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