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Location Greece, Thessalia
Central coordinates 21o 35.00' East  39o 45.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 65,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 1,416m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society



Site description A mountainous site with broadleaved deciduous woodland, cliffs, and riverine forest in the valleys. Human activities include forestry, stock-raising, hunting, and recreation.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding raptors, forest species and species associated with open montane habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (non-breeding), Falco naumanni (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1994  7-10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes breeding  1994  14-30 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1994  6-8 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1996  10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Endangered 
Little Owl Athene noctua resident  1994  100 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1994  5-20 breeding pairs  C2  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1994  50-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Picus viridis resident  1994  50-100 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1994  100-300 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia breeding  1994  20-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed low
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Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ANTICHASIA ORI - METEORA - GR1440003 Habitats Directive 60,625 protected area contained by site 60,625  
ANTICHASIA ORI KAI METEORA - GR1440005 Birds Directive 72,047 protected area contained by site 54,490  
Arkoudorema--Plastira/Spathadon Game Refuge 855 protected area overlaps with site 855  
Gerakariou Game Refuge 2,000 protected area overlaps with site 2,000  
Kanalaki/Kastrakiou--Vlachavas Game Refuge 700 protected area overlaps with site 700  
KERKETIO OROS (KOZIAKAS) - GR1440002 Habitats Directive 50,431 protected area overlaps with site 3,202  
KORYFES OROUS KOZIAKA - GR1440006 Birds Directive 19,726 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Meteora World Heritage Site 272 protected area contained by site 375  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  30%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  30%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  15%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
forestry 30%
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International Partial855 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Arkoudorema-Plastira/Spathadon, 855 ha). 2,000 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Gerakariou, 2,000 ha). 700 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Kanalaki/Kastrakiou-Vlachavas, 700 ha). Part of IBA covered by Controlled Hunting Area (Koziakas, 48,360 ha). 375 ha of IBA covered by World Heritage Site (Meteora Group of Monasteries, 375 ha). 55,220 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Potamos Pinios-Antichasia Ori, 55,220 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Antikhassia mountains and Meteora. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/12/2014

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