Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR009 Kompsatos valley
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Criteria: A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Coordinates: 41o 10' N 25o 7' E (Map)
Altitude: 20-800 m
Area: 16000 ha

Site Description
A deep river valley surrounded by hills with deciduous forest, scrub and grassland. The main human activity is livestock-farming.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (5%, Arable land), Forest (75%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland), Grassland (10%, Dry siliceous grassland), Shrubland (10%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (50%), forestry (50%)

Protection status
National None International None
16582 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) KOILADA KOMSATOU(GR1130012).

This is a very important area for breeding and passage raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (resident), Aegypius monachus (passage), Aquila heliaca (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Dendrocopos syriacus Syrian Woodpecker resident 1996 Common average B3, C6
Phalacrocorax pygmeus Pygmy Cormorant winter 0 20 40 average A1, C1
Ficedula semitorquata Semicollared Flycatcher breeding 1990 Rare poor B2, C6
Emberiza hortulana Ortolan Bunting breeding 1995 Common average B2, C6

Conservation issues
The main threats to the site are from deforestation and intensive forest management. Long-term monitoring of raptors is carried out. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (high), deforestation (commercial) (high), firewood collection (high), forest grazing (unknown), infrastructure (medium), intensified forest management (high), recreation/tourism (low), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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