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GR063 Farsala area
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Criteria: A1, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 39o 17' N 22o 24' E (Map)
Altitude: 100-524 m
Area: 4500 ha

Site Description
Hills on the southern edge of the Thessalian plain covered with phrygana and arable cultivation.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (25%, Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas), Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Inland cliffs), Shrubland (65%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (85%), not utilised (10%), urban/industrial/transport (5%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Patima- Kyra Aposkia/Farsalon, 210ha)

This is an important site for species associated with scrub and arable land.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel breeding 1995 100 100 good A1, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from the intensification of agriculture and hunting. 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), industrialization/urbanization (unknown), other (medium), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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