Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR067 Central part of Zagori and Mount Mitsikeli
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Criteria: B2, B3, C6
Coordinates: 39o 48' N 20o 54' E (Map)
Altitude: 500-1810 m
Area: 46500 ha

Site Description
The site is dominated by hills covered with Quercus forest.

Habitats: Forest (85%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland), Grassland (5%, Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland), Shrubland (10%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (70%), forestry (70%), tourism/recreation (5%)

Protection status
National Low International None
710ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ag. Athanasios- Sipitoura/Aspraggelon- Elatis, 710ha).8436 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) OROS MITSIKELI(GR2130008).

An important site for forest species.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Phylloscopus orientalis Eastern Bonelli's Warbler breeding 1997 Frequent unknown B3
Dendrocopos medius Middle Spotted Woodpecker resident 1997 Common unknown C6
Picus viridis Eurasian Green Woodpecker resident 1997 Common unknown B2
Strix aluco Tawny Owl resident 0 - - unknown B3
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture breeding 1996 2 4 average C6
Circaetus gallicus Short-toed Snake-eagle breeding 1997 5 - average C6

Conservation issues
The site is threatened by intensive forestry, deforestation and hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (unknown), deforestation (commercial) (medium), extraction industry (low), intensified forest management (medium), recreation/tourism (low), selective logging/cutting (high), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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