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Location Greece, Crete
Central coordinates 25o 30.00' East  35o 10.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 54,000 ha
Altitude 300 - 2,150m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A wooded mountain in Crete dominated by Pinus and Quercus. The woodland cover has been reduced by recent fires. Human activities include livestock-farming and tourism.

Key Biodiversity An important site for passage and breeding raptors and alpine species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Chukar Alectoris chukar resident  1996  common  B2  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1996  65-80 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  4 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Chalasia/Zenion--Exo Potamon--Mesa Lasithiou Game Refuge 1,100 unknown 0  
Dasos Viannou--Amiron/Viannou--Amiron--Kefalovryso Game Refuge 1,300 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  20%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  60%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
tourism/recreation 20%
not utilised 20%

Protection status National Partial International PartialPart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Chalasia/Zenion-Exo Potamon-Mesa Lasithiou, 1,100 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Dasos Viannou-Amiron/Viannou-Amiron-Kefalovryso, 1,300 ha). 10,896 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lazaros Koryfi Madara Diktis, 10,896 ha)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mount Dikti. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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