Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR072 Area of Oriokastro, Lake Delvinaki, Meropis forest, Gormou valley and Mounts Kasidiaris and Douskon
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Criteria: B2, B3, C6
Coordinates: 39o 56' N 20o 30' E (Map)
Altitude: 400-2200 m
Area: 36000 ha

Site Description
A hilly area dominated by Quercus forest. Human activities include agriculture, forestry, livestock-farming, and hunting.

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

Land use: agriculture (70%), forestry (50%), water management (10%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Prosilio- Ronitsa/Delvinakiou, 1,525ha).17383 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) OROS DOUSKON, ORAIOKASTRO, DASOS MEROPIS, KOILADA GORMOU, LIMNI DELVINAKIOU(GR2130010).

This is an important site for forest species and resident raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus .

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Dendrocopos medius Middle Spotted Woodpecker resident 1996 Common unknown B3, C6
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture breeding 1996 2 4 average C6
Accipiter brevipes Levant Sparrowhawk breeding 1996 Frequent unknown B2, C6
Hieraaetus pennatus Booted Eagle breeding 1996 2 4 average C6

Conservation issues
Threats include the logging of mature trees, a drainage plan for the Gormos valley and illegal hunting.

Threats: drainage (high), firewood collection (unknown), forest grazing (unknown), selective logging/cutting (medium), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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