Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR079 Athamanika mountains (Tzoumerka)
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Criteria: B2, C6
Coordinates: 39o 30' N 21o 13' E (Map)
Altitude: 600-2470 m
Area: 55000 ha

Site Description
A mountain in southern Pindos with well-forested slopes, alpine grasslands and cliffs.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Inland cliffs), Forest (60%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland), Grassland (10%, Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland), Shrubland (10%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (50%), forestry (30%), tourism/recreation (5%), unknown (15%), water management

Protection status
National Low International None
1,440ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ag. Paraskeui- Kranies/Pramanton, 1,440ha). 1,572ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Melissourgon, 1,572ha). 1,000ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Vourgareliou, 1,000ha).

This is an important area for raptors and forest and scrub species.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Alectoris graeca Rock Partridge resident 1996 Frequent poor B2
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle resident 1996 - 2 good C6

Conservation issues
The main threats are from deforestation and increasing holiday home construction. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

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

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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