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Location Greece, Sterea Ellada
Central coordinates 22o 16.00' East  38o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3, C6
Area 25,000 ha
Altitude 600 - 2,510m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A mountain with extensive rocky areas and alpine grasslands. Human activities include livestock-farming, hunting, mining and recreation. The Reka ravine is used for the water-supply to the town of Amfissa.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1995  1-2 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  10-50 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1996  200-600 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris resident  1996  common  B3  Least Concern 
Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer resident  1996  abundant  B3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1987  common  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius resident  1993  common  B2  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis resident  1987  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  1996  50-200 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
KORYFES OROUS GKIONA, CHARADRA REKA, LAZOREMA KAI VATHIA LAKKA - GR2450007 Birds Directive 10,399 protected area contained by site 10,399  
Leukaditiou/Sykeas Game Refuge 2,894 protected area overlaps with site 2,894  
Orini Parnassidas Controlled Hunting Area 24,034 protected area overlaps with site 0  
OROS GKIONA - GR2450002 Habitats Directive 21,880 protected area overlaps with site 15,433  
Rekas/ Prosiliou Game Refuge 3,300 protected area overlaps with site 3,300  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  40%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  5%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands  43%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 30%
hunting -

Protection status National Partial International None2,894 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Leukaditiou/Sykeas, 2,894 ha). 3,300 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Rekas/Prosiliou, 3,300 ha). Part of IBA covered by Controlled Hunting Area (Orini Parnassidas, 24,034 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Ghiona, Reka ravine, Lazorema, and Vathia Lakka. Downloaded from on 23/08/2014

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