Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR080 Acheloos valley
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Criteria: B2, C7
Coordinates: 39o 18' N 21o 25' E (Map)
Altitude: 400-1750 m
Area: 10600 ha

Site Description
A mountainous area with scrub and deciduous forests and conifer forest at higher altitudes. A gorge with steep cliffs runs through the centre of the site. Human activities include livestock-farming, hunting, and forestry.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (20%, Inland cliffs; Scree and boulders), Forest (40%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone), Shrubland (40%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (60%), forestry (10%), not utilised (30%)

Protection status
National Partial International Partial
2,275 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mesountas, 2,275 ha).
9082 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) KOILADA ACHELOOU(GR2110003).

This is an important site for species characteristic of forest, scrub and open montane habitats.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Lanius senator Woodchat Shrike breeding 1994 Abundant good B2

Conservation issues
A dense road network causes problems of soil erosion and also provides access to the forest for loggers and illegal hunters. Afforestation with Pinus species is a potential threat to the deciduous forest. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (medium), afforestation (unknown), construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (high), forest grazing (medium), infrastructure (medium), selective logging/cutting (low), unsustainable exploitation (unknown)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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