Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR008 Filiouri river valley and east Rodopi mountains
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Criteria: A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Coordinates: 41o 10' N 25o 45' E (Map)
Altitude: 50-745 m
Area: 77000 ha

Site Description
The site encompasses hills to the south-east of Mount Rodopi and the catchment of the Filiouri river. Vegetation cover is predominantly scrub with some grazed oak Quercus forest. Land-use is traditional and non-intensive.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (10%, Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Coastline/rocky areas (5%, Inland cliffs), Forest (10%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland), Grassland (10%, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Shrubland (65%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (95%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Pefkodasas Nimfeas, 400ha).37504 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) KOILADA FILIOURI(GR1130011).

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

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Phylloscopus orientalis Eastern Bonelli's Warbler breeding 1995 Common average B3
Dendrocopos medius Middle Spotted Woodpecker resident 1995 Common average C6
Dendrocopos syriacus Syrian Woodpecker resident 1995 Common average B3, C6
Strix aluco Tawny Owl resident 1992 Frequent average B3
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture breeding 1995 5 - average B2, C6
Gyps fulvus Eurasian Griffon resident 1995 2 5 average C6
Aegypius monachus Cinereous Vulture non-breeding 1996 Frequent average A1, C1
Circaetus gallicus Short-toed Snake-eagle breeding 1995 10 - average B2, C6
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle resident 1995 2 4 average C6
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shrike breeding 1995 Common average B2, C6
Ficedula semitorquata Semicollared Flycatcher breeding 1990 Rare poor B2, C6
Sylvia hortensis Orphean Warbler breeding 1993 Uncommon average B2
Emberiza hortulana Ortolan Bunting breeding 1995 Common average B2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from road construction, deforestation and intensified forest management. Part of area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: deforestation (commercial) (medium), firewood collection (low), forest grazing (low), infrastructure (medium), intensified forest management (high), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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