Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR096 Mount Helmos (Aroania)
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Criteria: B2
Coordinates: 37o 58' N 22o 14' E (Map)
Altitude: 700-2355 m
Area: 17500 ha

Site Description
A rugged limestone mountain. The northern part is covered by extensive Pinus forest, other areas with fir Abies forest, and the higher parts with alpine grassland. The Kalavrita side of the mountain is used for winter tourism. Elsewhere the main activity is livestock-farming.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (Inland cliffs; Scree and boulders), Forest (Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone), Grassland (Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland), Shrubland (Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (Rivers and streams)

Land use: forestry, tourism/recreation

Protection status
National Low International None
520ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Lagada- Fteres- Vageni- Kastraki/Kastrion, 520ha).

This is an important site for species associated with conifer forests, alpine pasture and upland rivers.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Alectoris graeca Rock Partridge resident 1987 Common unknown B2
Monticola saxatilis Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush breeding 1987 Common unknown B2

Conservation issues
The main threats are from continued tourism developments and illegal hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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