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Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR062 Thessaly plain
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Criteria: A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 39o 28' N 22o 25' E (Map)
Altitude: 70-729 m
Area: 180000 ha

Site Description
The largest plain in Greece. The site is predominantly arable land and villages. Hills covered with phrygana are included.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (95%, Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Shrubland (5%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (95%), urban/industrial/transport (5%), water management (95%)

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Protection status
National Low International None
2,300ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mavrovouni/Agnanteris, 2,300ha).


Birds
The site is important for species found in arable land and holds the largest number of breeding Falco naumanni in Greece.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Tyto alba Barn Owl resident 1996 Frequent unknown B2
Otus scops Common Scops-owl breeding 1996 Frequent unknown B2
Athene noctua Little Owl resident 1996 Common unknown B2
Accipiter brevipes Levant Sparrowhawk breeding 1996 Frequent unknown B2
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel breeding 1995 2342 2342 good A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Ciconia ciconia White Stork breeding 1996 Common unknown B2, C6
Lanius minor Lesser Grey Shrike breeding 1996 Frequent unknown B2, C6
Corvus monedula Eurasian Jackdaw resident 1996 Abundant unknown B3
Hippolais pallida Olivaceous Warbler breeding 1996 Abundant unknown B2
Calandrella brachydactyla Greater Short-toed Lark breeding 1996 Abundant unknown B2, C6
Galerida cristata Crested Lark resident 1996 Abundant unknown B2
Emberiza melanocephala Black-headed Bunting breeding 1996 Abundant unknown B2
Miliaria calandra Corn Bunting breeding 1996 Abundant unknown B3
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Conservation issues
The main threat is from agricultural intensification. The demolition of old buildings is a particular threat to Falco naumanni (`Other' threats, above).

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (medium), agricultural intensification/expansion (high), construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (unknown), industrialization/urbanization (unknown), other (medium), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)
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Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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